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University Forum and RFP Information and Guidelines


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University Forum and RFP Information and Guidelines

Dr. Wan-Yi Chen


Hiram Martinez

University Forum

The University Forum (UF) promotes a sense of community, facilitates communication and cooperation among diverse constituencies of the University community, and collaborates in support of the University mission, values statement, and strategic plan with special emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and emergent issues of community importance. This is accomplished through a competitive request for proposal process facilitated annually by a dedicated and engaged group of faculty, staff, and students with support from the Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI). The UF team invites grant applications for programs and activities that enhance the WCU campus climate for students, staff, and faculty through scholarship, programming, creative and collaborative activities, teaching, learning, and other aspects of campus community development.

As in years past, the UF welcomes program and research proposals that promote our understanding of race/color/ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, immigration and/or international topics, veterans, people with disabilities, health and mental health disparities, non-traditional students, and projects that address educational and opportunity gaps for students, faculty, and staff/administrators.

Fiscal Year 2019-2020 RFP Application Process

RFP Application Deadline is Monday, March 18, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

Beginning Friday, December 21, 2018, the UF is accepting request for proposal applications from campus community members for programs during Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.  Funding will be focused on programs that support WCU Strategic Plan goals, capacity-building goals, and/or ODEI strategic initiative goals as described within the RFP Guidelines.  Programs shall be categorized as follows:

  • Campus Climate
  • Training and Education
  • Recruitment and/or Retention
  • Professional Engagement
  • Student Engagement
  • Faculty and/or Staff Research and Scholarship

RFP Applications are Accepted Online

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and carefully review the RFP Guidelines below.  To maximize the ease of proposal submission, the UF team strongly encourages all applicants to initially write their proposal as a Microsoft Word document (Font size 11, Times New Roman) - then cut and paste the proposal components into the RFP application form

RFP Assistance and Development Resources

  • Download the RFP Guidelines
  • Open Sessions for questions and guidance are being offered on:
    • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Sykes Room 252B
    • Friday, February 8, 2019 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM in Sykes Room 257
  • Please RSVP for an open session


For more information, please email either Dr. Wan-Yi Chen or Hiram Martinez or call 610-436-2433.

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