"Changing the Narrative"

The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity announces its 2016-2017 call for proposals for competitive grants, open to all faculty, staff and students. These grants are made available to support research, programming, and/or community engagement projects related to the study of race, ethnicity and social difference. Priority will be given to proposals that reflect this years CCSRE theme: “Changing the Narrative.”

Last year, as part of its 10th Anniversary commemorations, the CCSRE co-sponsored a campus lecture by Bryan Stevenson, author of the prize-winning book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. In his talk, Mr. Stevenson outlined his four-point plan for changing the world, inviting all of us to play our part by: (1) getting proximate (to others); (2) changing the narrative (of racial inequality); (3) doing uncomfortable things; and (4) staying hopeful.

As a way of building continuity, the CCSRE aims to support intellectual and artistic endeavors that help forward efforts to “change the world” by “changing the narrative.” For inspiration, here is a clip of Stevenson’s talk at the Ella Baker Child Policy Institute where he talks about the need to change the narrative

Purpose and Scope of Grants

The intent of CCSRE grant funding is to encourage and support individual or group research, programming, or engagement with topics relevant to the study of race, ethnicity and social difference. Proposals that utilize critical1 theoretical frameworks, methods and approaches as well as those from first time applicants will be given priority. This includes but is not limited to:

  1. Research projects or artistic endeavors that are relevant to the theme and/or the study of race, ethnicity and/or social difference;
  2. Programming and performances integrated with aspects of the CCSRE theme;
  3. Class-linked trips that directly engage issues of race, ethnicity and social difference;
  4. Reading groups relevant to the theme and work of the Center;
  5. Work groups interested in examining and improving current policy or practice; and, 
  6. Presentation or attendance at conferences or workshops related to the work of the Center.

Amount of Grants

The total budget for awards across the 2016-2017 academic year is $8,000. Individual awards of up to $500 will be awarded to those groups or individuals meeting the eligibility criteria.

Application Guidelines

The following requirements should be carefully considered before submitting your proposal:

  1. Proposals for fall 2016-2017 Competitive Grant for Research and Programming on Race, Ethnicity and Social Difference will be reviewed on the following dates: October 14; November 28 and February 6.
  2. All funds for awarded grants must be encumbered within the 2016-2017 budget cycle. Funds not yet spent by May 1st will be returned to the CCSRE general operating budget unless prior approval has been given to expend funds beyond that date.
  3. Connecticut College full-time tenured, tenure-track, visiting, and adjunct faculty, staff members and students are all eligible to apply. Each individual or group may apply for a maximum of two grants across the cycles.
  4. All applicants must utilize the application proposal form using the link provided below.
  5. Proposals received using any other format than the online form will not be eligible for review.

Application and budget forms

CCSRE Application Form


Applicants will receive two email notifications. The first email notification will confirm receipt of the proposal. The second email notification will delineate the outcome of the panel review, the award disposition and the guidelines to access funding.

Administration of Grants

Those who receive grants are expected to fulfill the following requirements:

  1. To submit a final report summarizing the project and, evaluating its impact and outcomes.
  2. To present their project at the end of the academic year in a CCSRE sponsored event.

These reports and presentations are very important and will be included in the matrix used to measure the overall impact of CCSRE support for the academic year. The CCSRE will also use information from these reports on their website as examples of successful grant proposals.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact the CCSRE budget subcommittee chair Andrea Baldwin at ccsre@conncoll.edu.


In this instance, the term “critical” refers to work that seeks to confront the social, historical, and ideological forces and structures that produce and constrain social life. Critical theory is oriented toward critiquing and changing society, while traditional theory is only oriented to understanding or explaining it.