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Past Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grantees
LGBTQ and Ally Leadership Retreat
The spring leadership development retreat is a joint project of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer student groups at UNC-Chapel Hill (GLBTSA), Duke University (Blue Devils United), as well as other North Carolina universities. The project aims to connect and strengthen bonds between LGBTQ-identified people and their allies on each campus in order to create a more cohesive network of individuals. We believe that with strengthened bonds between LGBTIQ college students, we will be able to be more effective advocates on campus and in the wider world. In order to coordinate this retreat, we are requesting $5,770 in funding from the Kenan-Biddle Grant. We have already received $3,000 in funding for the retreat from the Alliance for Full Acceptance (for further information, see: http://www.affa-sc.org/affa/index.htm).
Emerging Scholars of Media and Technology
This grant application proposes the formation of a consortium for graduate students working in/on media and technologies at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. We would sponsor:
- a series of graduate student meetings, designed to develop and cement ongoing relationships among media studies students in the Triangle;
- a website, available as both a clearinghouse for advertising area events to students anda sandbox for testing ideas and designs;
- three “themed” workshops, curated by a student or group of students, which will providea broad introduction to various historical or theoretical concepts in media and technologystudies;
- three technology skills workshops open to the entire Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill communities, led by knowledgeable faculty, staff, students or Triangle-area technologists;
- a culminating symposium, open to the entire community, in which to discuss the process of interdisciplinary digital scholarship and review the past and future of the consortium.
Triangle Race Conference
Graduate students from University of North Carolina (UNC), Duke University, and North Carolina Central University (NCCU), have come together to apply for funding from the Kenan-Biddle grant, along with sponsorships from other sources, to host a conference on the interdisciplinary study of race. The conference will highlight graduate student research on race and ethnicity as a way to promote inter-university collaboration, interdisciplinary research, and graduate student scholarship. This year’s theme will be “Research and Resistance: Race Across the Disciplines.” We anticipate the conference serving as an important step toward establishing interdisciplinary and interinstitutional collaboration on race scholarship, with the ultimate goal of addressing problems of racial inequality locally, nationally, and globally.
The Duke-UNC South Asian Classical Music Partnership
The South Asian classical music systems – Carnatic and Hindustani – are part of the major canonic systems, theoretically and practically well established at least since 200 AD, as exemplified in the treatise, The Natyasastra. These beautiful art forms are celebrated by the South Asian students of both Duke and UNC campuses, and by the South Asian diaspora in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. A number of Duke and UNC students and faculty have actually undergone detailed learning of the practice of these arts. However there has been very little academic development or student activity development in these arts. Presently, there is no organization committed to showcasing South Asian classical music in the Duke or UNC campus. Thus, we, the student musicians, faculty of music and dance, and ethnomusicologists together propose to create the “Duke-UNC South Asian Classical Music Partnership” to expose the student and faculty bodies to both campuses to South Asian classical music. By organizing interactive lecture demonstrations and immersion concerts, we can help the Duke and UNC community to become familiar with South Asian music, culture, diversity, and history. By holding symposia and professional workshops, we can enrich the music learning, teaching, and researching experience of the music departments in both universities, as their students and faculty gain regular exposure and insight into both Carnatic and Hindustani music. Overall, we strongly believe that this project will fill a long felt void, and foster an environment conducive for student-faculty engagement between campuses. The authors of this proposal have identified prospective partnerships and alternative funding sources that will aid in sustaining the goals over time. Thus, we request the Kenen-Biddle Partnership Committee to consider this proposal favorably.
Mobile Savings Innovations
The Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) is a student-run microfinance nonprofit that cultivates opportunities, assets, and communities, which concurrently support the alleviation of homelessness and poverty. CEF meets its mission by providing savings opportunities, micro loans, financial education, and case management support to individuals who are homeless or at risk of experiencing homelessness. Having received support from the Kenan-Biddle Partnership to launch the Durham branch of CEF, we are re-applying for funding to take this initiative to scale. We aim to strengthen the established connection between CEF at Duke and UNC by integrating technological innovations into CEF’s mobile savings program.
UNC-Duke Immigrant Advocacy Network
Students United for Immigrant Equality and Duke Students for Humane borders wish to collaborate through this joint grant proposal to attain resources that will allow our respective organizations to cooperate on programming that will focus on immigrant rights. As social justice organizations that are advocating for the fair and just treatment of immigrants in our state, we know that if we combine our efforts and resources, we will be able to engage more students at our campuses. Our focus will be to engage both of our campuses on immigration issues by providing our student bodies with a more humanistic view on this topic.
Campus and Community in Comedic Collaboration "C4"
Currently, only few avenues exist for Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) students to engage in the scholarly aspects of comedy or enjoy comedic performances. In the spirit of the Kenan-Biddle partnership, Duke sketch comedy group Inside Joke and UNC’s Rooftop Comedy Team jointly propose a series of seminars and performances focusing on the artistic qualities of comedic writing to promote inter-institutional collaboration as well collaboration with the surrounding local community. Our goal is to inspire intellectual conversations regarding the theory and practice of comedic writing and performance. These seminars and performances will spark creativity, entertain the campus and local communities, and allow both universities to provide a wider range of educational and creative opportunities.
UNC Duke China Leadership Summit
The Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit (CLS) is a three-day conference hosted at Duke University and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. CLS aims to strengthen Duke-UNC collaboration by bringing together undergraduate and graduate students from Duke, UNC and Chinese universities with acute and demonstrated interests in US-China affairs. CLS will not only offer a series of esteemed US-China speakers to the general Duke and UNC public, but will generate interdisciplinary interest and discussion, create opportunities for research presentation and collaboration, and present networking opportunities to explore potential careers and other China-related opportunities for delegates and attendants. The conference will create a platform for members of both campuses (students, professors, and community members alike) to discuss issues related to the growing US-China rivalry and present innovative ideas for tackling future issues.
Choosing for Health: A Nutrition Education and Youth Empowerment Initiative in Durham and Chapel Hill
The students of the You Are What You Eat (YAWYE) Duke Nutrition Education Program at Duke University School of Medicine and the students of the Nutrition Coalition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill wish to collaborate on the expansion of an in-school nutrition education program at Durham School of the Arts and creation of an after-school cooking program for area middle school students. The in-school nutrition education program will continue to provide sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at Durham School of the Arts with the tools to make better food choices and develop healthy eating habits. The cooking program component will complement the foundation of knowledge gained in the classroom by introducing middle school students from the Duke-Durham partnership schools and youth that attend Wellness Wednesdays at the Chapel Hill YMCA to the fun and ease of cooking with hands-on cooking projects and cooking demonstrations. Both components will ultimately promote the practical nutrition knowledge necessary to empower Durham and Chapel Hill adolescents in their healthy decision-making practices. To encourage the widespread adoption of the nutrition curriculum used at Durham School of the Arts and in selected Chapel Hill middle schools and youth attending Wellness Wednesdays at the Chapel Hill YMCA, web modules will be created for the benefit of Durham and Chapel Hill public schools and also the academic community.
The Scientists with Stories Project: a media training collaboration at the coastal laboratories of Duke & UNC-Chapel Hill
Science communication is an increasingly important component of the broader impact of scientific research projects -- and the grants that fund them. Most science curricula at the PhD level lack any programs to help young scientists develop the skills needed to communicate via newly dominant mediums of communication: digital photography, web videography, podcasts, and blogging. The PhD students affiliated with Duke’s and UNC’s coastal laboratories experience extra challenges when seeking to acquire media skills outside of their academic curriculum. Geographic isolation prohibits these students from utilizing main campus resources, including media-relevant courses, media equipment loans, and interaction with faculty at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) and UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC).
Our end goal is to foster the notion that the process of scientific inquiry is, essentially, a story. To this end, we must work across campuses to transform the next generation of young scientists into storytellers. This proposed collaboration creates an intensive training workshop and professional exhibition opportunities for PhD students affiliated with the Duke University Marine Laboratory (DUML) and the UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS). The program leverages existing institutional and student assets, such as connections with workshop instructors, student and faculty blogging platforms, optimal training spaces, video-link systems, and student-ready media equipment. The January-through-December program model caters to those PhD students committed to producing a polished media product. Most marine science students can design their media projects around summer fieldwork, which will be bookended by training, exhibition events, and support meetings during the spring and fall semesters. The Scientists with Stories (SwS) project idea was developed in September 2011 during a recently revived inter-laboratory student symposium convening DUKE/UNC students. This proposed initiative is designed to build off of our common search for outreach skills and a renewed enthusiasm for increased collaboration between the two university laboratories in Carteret County.
Sharing the Mantle for Positive Peace: Collective Leadership Models for Youth and Adult Partnerships in Preventing Youth Violence
This is a continuation of a project aimed at empowering high school aged young women in public housing neighborhoods in Chapel Hill to become leaders and advocates for community-based social change.
Beginning in January, 2011, we propose a collaboration to support leadership development with approximately ten to fifteen young women from the Trinity Court, Pritchard Park, and South Estes communities, along with Duke and UNC student leaders, the UNC Department of Communication Studies, and the Ella Baker Women’s Center for Leadership and Community Activism (EBWC). Faculty members, Dr. Broverman and Dr. Parker, will partner with Duke and UNC undergraduates, youth participants, and staff of the EBWC in the planning and implementation of the 2nd Biennial “Sharing the Mantle Conference” (The inaugural conference was produced in 2009 under the auspices of the Department of Communication Studies, with partial support from the Robertson Collaboration Fund).
Shifting Trends: an Experiment in After-school Computer Literacy Programs
The students of Technology Without Borders (TWB), a Campus Y committee, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the students of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Initiative at Duke University, wish to collaborate in the joint creation of an afterschool program at Carter Community School in Durham, NC. The program will increase computer literacy skills of fourth and fifth grade students by developing a curriculum designed to address the increasing prevalence of computers in modern society. TWB and OLPC will create an afterschool program that benefits the Durham community; we will also publish an exportable computer literacy curriculum for the benefit of the academic community.
Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill Working Group in Contemporary Poetry
This grant application seeks to facilitate the formation of the Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill Working Group in Contemporary Poetry. The working group will bridge both communities, offering poetry-related events throughout the Spring and Fall semesters of 2011. The proposed activities, to be supported by this grant, are a continuation and elaboration of those already sponsored in part by the Duke English Department. This expansion will require, amongst other things, the renting of a venue in Chapel Hill, and an increased emphasis on outreach and promotion. In addition to subsidizing these organizational expenses, the grant will also serve to support an annual inter-institutional colloquium, a concentrated two-day event in which nationally prominent scholars, poets and publishers will discuss topics relevant to their practice.
Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES)
Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science (FEMMES) is a student designed and implemented educational outreach organization that creates hands-on activities for 4th-6th grade girls from underserved public schools to allow them to explore their potential in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects. The Duke chapter has partnered with undergraduate women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to build a new FEMMES chapter targeting Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and Orange County residents. As the two chapters grow, we will help one another create and improve the after-school and summer programs. By sharing materials and ideas, such as hands-on experiments and new funding sources, the two programs will transfer knowledge, creating a shared partnership working towards closing the gender gap in STEM fields. Funds from the Kenan Biddle grant will be used primarily to support the UNC FEMMES chapter, and the remainder of the funds will be used to partially support Duke’s capstone in February.
Triangle University Food Studies
We propose to build on strong existing collaborations to further develop and sustain the Triangle University Food Studies group, and launch innovative student led ventures testing solutions to the challenges identified.
PRIMATE PALOOZA: Multi-disciplinary approaches to biodiversity conservation
Myriad species are on the brink of extinction. In response to conservation concerns, a group of Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill students formed a Roots & Shoots group in April 2009. Roots & Shoots is a program of the Jane Goodall Institute that empowers people of all ages to effect positive change for people, animals and the environment. Collaborating with Dr. Anne Pusey, chair of the Evolutionary Anthropology department at Duke University, and in conjunction with a visit by Jane Goodall planned for March 28, 2011, we will host Primate Palooza at both Duke and UNC. Primate Palooza is a week-long celebration of primates and biodiversity conservation. Events will include (1) a chimpanzee themed Public Service Announcement-making contest, (2) a music and dance performance, (3) seminars on interdisciplinary conservation strategies and (4) work-days at the Duke Lemur Center. Primate Palooza will showcase the intersection between science, policy, education, and art, going past the usual interdisciplinary partnerships. These collaborations will also be inter-institutional, and show the power that can come from undergraduates and faculty from both Duke and UNC working together.
The Community Empowerment Fund: Durham Branch
We propose to launch the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), a student run microfinance intiative that offers microloans, savings opportunities, financial education, and case management support to individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, in Durham as a collaborative project between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. Through CEF Durham we will pair student volunteers with individuals living on the street, in a shelter, or in housing transition. The pairs form accountability partnerships, building relationships that provide social support while assisting unbanked communities toward self-sufficiency.
Examining Undergraduate Involvement in the Grassroots Movement for Global Health Equity
Through the Kenan-Biddle Partnership Grant, GlobeMed at Duke and GlobeMed at UNC will collaborate on a series of events that will educate students on diverse approaches to international aid and engage them in discussions surrounding the ethics of their involvement as undergraduates in global health projects. GlobeMed is a national student-driven nonprofit that works to achieve global health equity through pragmatic partnerships between university chapters and grassroots organizations in impoverished communities worldwide. GlobeMed at Duke is partnered with Salud Sin Límites, a community-based organization that provides general health needs to the rural area of Siuna, Nicaragua.
GlobeMed at UNC works with Health Alert Uganda in Gulu, Uganda providing healthcare to women and children infected and affected with HIV/AIDS. These organizations are similar in their grassroots approach—a trademark of every GlobeMed partner—but they also have several commonalities in their operations such as peer health education, a focus on nutrition, and working with the prevention of, testing for, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. GlobeMed as a national organization is very concerned with building a strong community amongst all its chapters, fostered through a yearly National Summit and Leadership Institute as well as regional conferences and constant communication and sharing of information. Based on this already-existing cooperation between chapters and the opportunities that would be provided by the Kenan-Biddle partnership grant, we anticipate making strong impact on both universities and their respective communities as a result of this collaboration.
Duke-UNC Bhutanese Empowerment Project (BEP)
The Bhutanese Empowerment Project (BEP) is a nation-wide effort to help resettle the recently arrived Bhutanese refugees to the United States. Since Spring 2009, the Hindu Students Association at Duke University and the Hindu YUVA team at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have been actively engaged in the resettlement of a Bhutanese refugee community in Raleigh, North Carolina. Apart from weekly tutoring sessions for the Bhutanese children, we have been organising events to help these students better adapt to the American way of life. We hope to expand our efforts through the Kenan-Biddle grant to better cater to the needs of this vulnerable population. Programs include a more comprehensive tutoring plan along with a focus on Individualised Education Plans, the hiring of a Nepalese speaking work study student, seminars on education and other social activities. These programs will go a long way in helping these refugees circumvent many of the side-effects of relocation and culture shock, whilst developing a sense of belonging to the American society. This project will also serve to strengthen ties between not only the two universities but also with the greater community in the triangle area.
Duke and UNC-CH Students Working for Sustainable Agriculture
The Duke chapter of ExciteDevelopment (formerly Engineers Without Borders), and the UNC student organization SWEAT (Students Working in the Environment for Active Transformation), plan to collaborate on the establishment of a SWEAT chapter on the Duke campus beginning January of 2011. Students from each school will be integral in forming this sister organization to UNC’s chapter, with dual goals in mind: organizing joint service learning projects aimed at engineering sustainability, and having an influential, awareness-based presence on both campuses.