Mandel Foundation Grants for Conversation and Inclusion

Applications are now being accepted for proposals for the 2017-18 academic year!



The Mandel Foundation periodically awards funds to John Carroll University for the purpose of funding campus projects that advance diversity and inclusion on campus.

Funds are available to all students, faculty, and staff who wish to organize programs to raise awareness about issues of diversity and inclusion, build respect for others, and create and promote a culture of inclusiveness. Programs funded by the Mandel Grants may be implemented in either the Fall or Spring Term.

Follow the links below to read about the many exciting projects this grant has supported in recent years!


Students, faculty, and staff as well as student organizations, departments, and offices are encouraged to submit grant proposals for creative and innovative activities and programs to help further a climate of inclusiveness on the JCU campus.

Applicants must demonstrate how their program will help to promote Goal 2 of the JCU Strategic Plan, particularly #4: “Improve the diversity of the faculty, staff and student body and promote a culture of inclusive excellence.”

Examples of programs that this grant may support may include, but are not limited to:

  • campus programs
  • outreach activities
  • exhibits
  • performances
  • cultural events
  • hosted discussion groups
  • student research projects
  • symposia
  • on-campus training and development opportunities
  • cross-cultural dialogues
  • campus community events

Projects not generally supported by these grants include:*

  • individual travel to conferences or other events (student group travel may be supported, in certain limited circumstances)
  • faculty research
  • course development

*Additional limitations may be placed upon certain budget line items, at the committee’s discretion. This list should be considered as a helpful guide, not a statement of committee policy. 


  • Applications should be submitted in a timely manner. The committee reserves the right to refuse to consider applications submitted too close to the date of a proposed event.
  • Applications must provide a clear, detailed description of the proposed project with specific, well-defined and measurable goals.
  • Proposals may be for any amount up to $4,000.
  • Project activities must be completed before the close of the academic year.
  • A final evaluation report, detailing the outcomes of the implemented project, is due within 30 days of project completion.
  • Progress reports on a funded project may be requested at any time. If requested, they must be provided in a timely manner.
  • Applications may be submitted online at this link.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year until all funds have been allocated.

Awards will be granted after review by the Mandel Grant Review Committee. Questions about the grant process should be directed to the committee’s administrative coordinator, Megan Wilson-Reitz, at

The 2017-18 Grant Review Committee members are:

  • Gurnit Chima ’19
  • Jacob Schupp ’19
  • Natalie Talerico ’19G, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sean Chaplin, Dept. of Sociology
  • Jaleh Fazelian, Grasselli Library
  • Phil Metres, Dept. of English/Interdisciplinary Program in Peace, Justice & Human Rights
  • Pam George-Merrill, Advancement
  • J.P. Graulty, Center for Service and Social Action
  • Stacey Love, Enrollment

Revised October 31, 2017