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Fifth Round of FFO Grant Recipients Announced

April 12, 2022

The deadline to apply for an HxCommunities Flexible Funding Opportunity grant is fast approaching but we are pleased to continue receiving applications from members doing valuable work in their classrooms and institutions. 

We have awarded approximately $355,000 in grants since this opportunity opened in January 2021. Our latest grant recipients are working to identify and provide solutions that address challenges to viewpoint diversity, constructive disagreement, and open inquiry. Members in the Mid-Atlantic region are hosting student workshops and classes, as well as lesson sharing for educators; members at Brigham Young University are training students to facilitate difficult conversations on campus; and a member in Australia is using a variety of data collection methods to inform ideas for improving policy and practices in higher education. 

Read about these projects below and – if HxA can help with efforts taking place in your classroom or institution – please consider applying for your own FFO grant. Time is running out but funding is still available to support activities taking place before July 15, 2022.

  • Joseph Bubman and Kira Hamman headshots

    “Mid-Atlantic Dialogue Workshops, Skill-Building, and Campus Expression”
    Joseph Bubman, Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Studies, Georgetown University, and Kira Hamman, Assistant Teaching Professor, Mathematics, Penn State University – Monto Alto

    This project advances the HxMid-Atlantic Community’s mission of promoting open inquiry, viewpoint diversity, and constructive disagreement at community colleges and four-year public and private universities across the Mid-Atlantic through 1) Dialogue Across Difference workshops and Difficult Conversations skills classes for students, and 2) sharing of lessons among educators and administrators.

    Facebook: @JosephBubman | @URAction | @KiraHamman | @Penn State Mont Alto

    Twitter: @JBubman | @UrbanRuralAct | @KaraHamman | @MontAltoPSU 

    LinkedIn: @Joseph Bubman | @Urban Rural Action

    Instagram: @JBubman | @URAction

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  • Jeff Glenn and Cougar Hall headshots

    “Navigating diverse perspectives related to social identity and belonging at Brigham Young University”
    Jeff Glenn, Assistant Professor, and Cougar Hall, Professor, Department of Public Health, Brigham Young University

    Professors Glenn and Hall will partner with Living Room Conversations to organize and evaluate a series of on-campus conversations in which students with diverse perspectives participate in structured dialogues around divisive public health-related topics such as COVID-19, mental health, and racism. The project will train undergraduate students to facilitate these conversations with the goal of increasing respect and shared understanding across differences at BYU and in the broader community.

    Instagram: @PublicHealthBYU

    Facebook: @BYUPublicHealth

  • Sharrock, Geoff

    “Building Viewpoint Diversity Visibility in Australian Universities”
    Geoff Sharrock, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

    Sharrock will work with higher education scholars and stakeholders on how to make viewpoint diversity more visible on Australian campuses. Three main tasks will support this work: up to twenty interviews, two workshops, and a discussion paper. The project will identify current and emerging challenges in this area at the policy and/or practice levels, and ideas for improving policy and/or practice in the promotion of free inquiry and open exchange as defining values in higher learning contexts.

    Personal blog about this project: Project: Building viewpoint diversity visibility – Big Little Thought Crimes in Melbourne

    LinkedIn: Post | Feed | LinkedIn (Details of the HxA-funded project I’ll be working on in the coming weeks and months. #AcademicFreedom #ViewpointDiversity #AustralianHigherEd)

To learn about the first four rounds of HxA’s Flexible Funding Opportunity (FFO) grant recipients, please see our previous announcements from September, November, December, and February.

The HxCommunities Flexible Funding Opportunity was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed by funded programs, projects, or events are those of the individual Grantees, organizers, speakers, presenters, and attendees of such events/activities and do not necessarily reflect the views of Heterodox Academy and/or the John Templeton Foundation.

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