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Human Rights Programming Grants

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Call for Proposals

Using the lens of human rights and social justice, the Weissberg Program at Beloit College inspires and empowers students to take informed action to address complex global problems.

Programming supported by the program should aim at teaching students one or more of the following:  to

  1. Cultivate compassion and empathy
  2. Pursue critical inquiry into issues of human rights and social justice past and present
  3. Understand systems of power, privilege, and oppression
  4. Develop awareness of their roles contributing to and overcoming local and global challenges
  5. Commit to taking action individually and collaboratively

Further, programming should align with Weissberg Program strategies of

  • Engaging students through the curriculum, co-curriculum, and programming grants for their own initiatives
  • Empowering faculty and staff to integrate human rights and social justice into the curriculum and co-curriculum through professional development opportunities and programming grants
  • Inspiring members of the campus to understand and promote human rights and social justice through personal contact with those at the forefront of change locally, nationally, and internationally  

Programming funded by the Weissberg Program has included film series, lectures, panel discussions (all held on the Beloit College campus) as well as participation off-campus in actions supporting human right and social justice.

Priority is given to activities that tie into one or more courses and/or promise to reach multiple audiences.

Proposals should include:

  1. Names of individual(s) who will coordinate the activity, their role(s), and brief description of qualifications
  2. Description of the activity
  3. Rationale for the activity, including intended outcomes/impacts
  4. The intended audience or participants in the activity.
  5. Timeline
  6. Itemized budget and budget narrative

Budget guidelines

Budget requests normally include honoraria, guest expenses (RT travel, meals), publicity (posters/flyers), and small, modestly-priced group meals that foster conversation with the speaker.

Honoraria normally range from $250-$500, but may exceed this amount if the guest is particularly prominent and/or has a standard speaking/appearance fee.

A report on funded activities is due within one month of the activity’s completion.

Note:  Proposals from faculty involving travel with students will only be accepted if the students will actively contribute to the design and implementation of the activity, as opposed to being the targets of the activity. That is, they must be active partners, for example, serving in the role of teaching or research assistant.

Have an idea you want to brainstorm?  Ready to submit a proposal? 

Contact Betsy Brewer (, ext. 2280  or Josh Moore (, ext. 2831)

Application deadlines:  Rolling, with decisions generally made within two weeks of receipt.