Posted on June 28, 2024

UConn Offers up to $25K on Anti-Racist Grants to ‘Combat Racism in All Its Forms’

Brendan McDonald, Campus Reform, June 18, 2024

The University of Connecticut’s School of Fine Arts is in the process of giving out tens of thousands of dollars to faculty members to research “anti-racism” in order “to support efforts to create a just, diverse, and fully inclusive society at all levels, from the local to the global.”

Participants can explore a wide-range of media, including “exhibitions, performances, publications, symposia, films, video games, or other research outcomes as appropriate,” per the university’s website. The institution also grants the possibility of the money funding “course development” in some circumstances, while stating that this is not the grant’s primary intent.

Each approved proposal may receive $10,000 to $25,000 from the Storrs, Connecticut-based school.

University Spokesperson Stephanie Reitz told Campus Reform that UConn and colleges in general “play a valuable role in helping to illuminate and challenge systemic racism in society.”


A description page states that the grant was started in response “to the continuing crisis and international debate surrounding the legacy and persistence of systemic racism across the globe.” “[In] Fall 2020 the School of Fine Arts introduced a new initiative to support research/creative activity that contributes to this debate and to efforts to combat racism in all its forms,” the school notes.