BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council awarded grants Wednesday totaling $105,000 to 11 programs affiliated with five IU campuses and one regional center. This year marks the council’s fifth grant cycle, with cumulative awards totaling more than $500,000 since 2012.
Awards range from $3,000 to $20,000 and support projects to improve public health, support women’s leadership initiatives, increase opportunities for diverse and underserved populations, and provide global experiences at IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis/Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and IU South Bend. There were 28 grant applicants this year.
“We were impressed by the applications we received, which reflect the creativity and commitment of the applicants to IU students, the IU community, our state and beyond,” council member and Grants Working Group chair Judy Summerville said. “It is a challenging process to select awardees as we receive more worthy applications than we can currently fund.”
In a unique partnership with the Well House Society — one of the IU Foundation’s donor recognition societies — three applicants received an additional $25,108 in funding this year. Members of the Well House Society Advisory Board reviewed Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council grant applicants to ensure selected projects answer urgent needs and opportunities, demonstrate widespread impact on the university and align with the priorities of the Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.
Well House Society support fully funded the Student Outreach Clinic of the IU School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology on the IUPUI campus, and it provided supplemental support to the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington and IUPUI’s School of Social Work.
“The Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council was created to work together to support the innovative work of IU faculty, students and staff,” Summerville added. “We help new initiatives get started, expand the reach of current programs and provide special opportunities through the IU campus system. We invite others to partner with us to expand our ability to effect change. Together, we believe we can make a difference.”
The funding makes a difference for populations the grant recipients’ projects serve — and may even save lives, according to Rosalie S. Aldrich, assistant professor in communication studies at IU East. One of this year’s grant awards will expand suicide prevention training on the IU East campus.
“I am excited and grateful to receive the WPLC grant,” Aldrich said. “This funding will allow me to continue to offer multiple suicide prevention trainings to faculty, staff and students at IU East with the hopes of increasing the willingness to intervene when someone is suicidal and ultimately save lives. Together we can positively address the serious public health problem of suicide and improve intervention training effectiveness through assessment.”
2016 IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council grant recipients are:
Workplace Simulation Project, Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at IU Bloomington: This is a collaboration of industry professionals and high school teachers who develop client-generated projects that students complete. Participating students will explore STEM concepts and gain hands-on, real-world experience as they complete projects.
Student Sexual Health and Awareness Campaign, Kinsey Institute at IU Bloomington: The award will fund a campus bus-wrap advertisement to provide students with information and resources related to safe sex. The grant will support advertising inside the bus as well.
International Women’s Day Conference, Gender & Women’s Affairs at IU Bloomington: This one-day conference will focus on women’s empowerment, leadership development, healthy relationships and student well-being.
Examining Suicide Intervention Training and Its Effectiveness, Rosalie S. Aldrich at IU East: The award will help expand suicide prevention training — Question, Persuade, Refer training — among students, faculty and staff on the IU East campus.
Supporting Student Persistence in Traditionally Underserved and Underrepresented Student Populations at IU Kokomo: Grant funds will enable more students to participate in the Summer Bridge program, which prepares underserved students for the transition to a university environment.
Pathway to Success for Practicing Nurses, School of Nursing at IUPUC: The award will provide tuition assistance to registered nurses with an Associate of Science in nursing, increasing their educational and professional opportunities through the IUPUC nursing program.
MAC-Tech: Mentoring for Accessible Careers through Technology, School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI: This three-day workshop will address technology’s impact on employment of the blind/visually impaired population, with the goal of improving communications, networking and mentorship opportunities to reduce this group’s 70 percent unemployment rate.
Building Hopes, Creating Change: International Service-Learning in Post-War Communities, School of Social Work at IUPUI: Grant funds will allow minority and low-income social work students to participate in study abroad service-learning programs in conflict-affected areas.
Girls STEM Institute, Crystal Morton at IUPUI: This summer camp provides African American and Latina females ages 9 to 18 the opportunity to access mathematics and other STEM concepts in a culturally grounded context. Grant funds will double the number of participants in the program.
Office for Women at IUPUI/IUPUC: This office will extend services and support from the IUPUI Office for Women to the Columbus campus, providing programming, mentoring and support that address needs of female students.
Raclin School of the Arts 25th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend: Funds will support a series of six prominent speakers who, through lectures and workshops, will discuss the impact that a formal arts education has had on their professional success.