Event Calendar

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Thu, Nov 5, 2020

NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants & Residencies

NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies

Five Colleges, Incorporated, has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field. As part of this multi-year initiative, FCI is offering mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS into their curricula.
Five College full-time faculty or staff members responsible for creating curriculum are encouraged to apply for mini-grants to lead team projects to develop one or more course modules, a new course, or a cluster or sequence of courses (such as language study). This funding opportunity is also open to faculty with a more multi-disciplinary background and no prior experience in NAIS who are interested in infusing Indigenous approaches into their courses through collaboration with other faculty experts. Mini-grant projects should include multiple faculty and can also include the engagement of Five College staff, students, and community participants as collaborators.

Faculty can also apply for residencies to host indigenous artists, authors, activists, and community historians. Please note that campus policies during the pandemic will severely restrict residencies but creative and/or remote options will be considered.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two more deadlines this academic year: December 1, 2020 and February 9, 2021. Virtual information sessions will be offered prior to each deadline to assist applicants in refining their proposals. The next information session will be held on November 17, from 4 to 5pm. Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to attend an information session and read the Frequently Asked Questions section of the FCI NAIS mini-grants website.

For more information, please visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam/mellon-grant

Truman Scholarship Information Session

Join Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships, and Truman finalists Jeremy Thomas '21 and Margot Lurie '21 to learn about the Truman Scholarship. We'll talk about what makes a strong candidate, how to produce a compelling application, and what the application process entails. The Truman is open to juniors who are U.S. citizens planning a career in public service. All class years are welcome in the session.
Zoom link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99871620008

OHR Office Hours for Supervisors/Department Chairs

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will review recent communications and important developments in the workplace as the semester progresses, and provide a resource takeaway to support effective communication within departments. You will also have opportunities to hear specific tips and best practice examples from other supervisors/department chairs.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Black Student Activism and the Struggle for Institutional Change in Higher Ed

Dr. Stefan Bradley, author of Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power and the Ivy League, will speak about the history and impact of Black student activism at elite colleges with Amherst student activists Jeremy Thomas '21 and Kyndall Ashe '18. This discussion will kick off several events commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Amherst Uprising.

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