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HxCommunities Flexible Funding Opportunity Grant Recipients

HxCommunities Flexible Funding Opportunity (FFO) grants support the important work HxA members are doing to advance constructive disagreement, viewpoint diversity, and open inquiry in education. This ongoing grant offering, the first ever from HxA, is open to HxA members and affiliates who participate in the HxCommunities program, and supports a wide variety of initiatives.

Our recipients represent a variety of disciplines and institutions, and each is an example of how our members are championing HxA values in their communities. Read about the current recipients below! 

  • “Campus Expression in New Zealand”

    Project Leads: HxNew Zealand Community Participants

    The first Flexible Funding Grant was awarded to a group of members in the HxNew Zealand community. The recipients are using the funds to administer the Campus Expression Survey to students at the five largest universities in New Zealand. This project aims to explore the extent to which New Zealand university students perceive their educational institutions as embracing heterodox values that welcome respectful disagreement and viewpoint diversity.

  • “Growing Diversity of Thought in K-12 Education: Current Challenges and the Path Ahead”

    Project Lead: Christina LaRose, Researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | HxK12 Education Community

    HxA Member and HxK-12 Education Community member Christina LaRose received grant funds to organize a virtual conference, which aimed to empower stakeholders in education to advocate for, and incorporate, diverse perspectives and critical thinking in the classroom. More than 150 educators and administrators attended. Watch session recordings on the conference website.

  • “The Views of Scientists, Engineers, and Professional School Faculty about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policies”

    Project Lead: Steven Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of California, Riverside | HxSociology Community

    Professor Brint, an HxA Member, and participant of the HxSociology Community, is using a Flexible Funding Opportunity grant to research the views of STEM scholars on the implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies. Building on a study by Komi T. German exploring views on these policies from arts and humanities scholars and social scientists at the University of California, Brint’s study will expand the sample to investigate the views of natural scientists, medical scientists, and engineers at the same campus. A presentation and panel discussion will take place next spring when the study is complete. 

  • “Diversity Without Division Awareness Campaign”

    Project Lead: Irshad Manji, Founder, Moral Courage ED | HxK12 Education Community

    Let Grow, the national nonprofit that advocates independent thinking and emotional resilience in young people, has been awarded a HxA Flexible Funding Opportunity grant to advance its work in K-12 schools. 

    The “Diversity Without Division” campaign will introduce school leaders across America to Moral Courage ED, a project of Let Grow that equips students (and their teachers!) to hear, not fear, different perspectives. Moral Courage ED is already living up to its mission by cultivating allies as ideologically diverse as Facing History and Ourselves and the Cato Institute.

    With this grant, Let Grow will distribute to 2,000 school leaders a copy of Don’t Label Me: How to Do Diversity Without Inflaming the Culture Wars. Written by Moral Courage ED founder and Oxford University fellow Irshad Manji, Don’t Label Me is the inspiration behind several professional development tools, including a signature online course, that educators are increasingly adopting.

    If you’re a K-12 leader, or know someone who is, request the book that Jonathan Hait calls “humble, loving, humane” and Chris Rock calls “genius.”

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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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