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In March 2019, ADVIS and Carney, Sandoe & Associates announced the release of a request for proposals for Round 1 of the MCRC@ADVIS/Carney Sandoe - Equity in Action Grant: Pushing for Progress in Our Communities. Together, we awarded funding for three projects by educators from ADVIS member schools for their work on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) topics in independent school communities. Each project was featured in a one hour workshop at Carney Sandoe's Forum/Diversity 2020 Conference in Philadelphia on Friday, January 24, 2020, as well as at the MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference on October 11, 2019, in addition to the NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC) in Seattle in December 2019, and the NAIS Annual Conference in Philadelphia, February 2020. 
Filmmaker André Robert Lee (Prep School Negro and I’m Not Racist, Am I?) created a short film about the 2019 MCRC@ADVIS Carney Sandoe Equity in Action grant program. The film premiered to open Carney Sandoe's Forum/Diversity 2020, and highlights each of the three projects from the inaugural class of grantees, featuring folks from four ADVIS schools. For more information about Carney Sandoe and additional details about the inaugural grantees visit
We are excited to announce the release of a request for proposals for Round 2 of the MCRC@ADVIS/Carney Sandoe - Equity in Action Grant: Pushing for Progress in Our Communities. As in 2019, we hope to award funding to three educators (or educator teams) from ADVIS member schools for their work on DEI topics in independent school communities. Each accepted scholar will receive a $5,000 stipend for their work.
What we seek is tangible, measurable, actionable (concrete strategies, steps to take, solutions) proposals around DEI themes and subject matters pertinent to educational environments, and independent schools in particular. Examples, though not limited to, might include:
  • Inclusion in the Curriculum
  • Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Diverse Staff
  • Equity and Inclusion at Schools without DEI Directors
  • Enrollment Management Strategies for Inclusion
  • Supporting Students of Color in the College Admissions Process
  • Parent and Educator Partnerships to Support Racial Literacy

The timeline of this grant-funded initiative is intended to allow completion (or continuation) of a significant portion of the project by the end of the current school year and submission of proposals to present at a number of regional and national independent school conferences and organizations in the 2020-2021 academic year, to include:
  • NAIS People of Color Conference (PoCC)
  • NAIS Annual Conference
  • Carney Sandoe and Associates Forum/Diversity 2021
  • MCRC@ADVIS 2020-2021 Programing
  • ISACS, SAIS and perhaps other state or regional association Annual Conferences

Work should continue over the summer in order to prepare for fall/winter 2020 and winter/spring 2021 conference presentations. Grant recipients will be required, as part of the application process, to provide written approval from their Head of School to receive grant funds, complete the project, and potentially travel for 1-3 days in fall/winter of 2020 and/or spring of 2021. Funding for reasonable expenses to travel to and present at these conferences will also be provided, in addition to the grant stipend. 
The link to submit proposals will open soon. Proposals should provide sufficient detail for reviewers to assess the nature and feasibility of the concept. Previous DEI work and projects are acceptable, but projects should be original and not have been previously published. Every effort will be made to select proposals that represent the range of ADVIS member schools in terms of school size and grade levels served. 
The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2020. Selected applicants will be notified in early April. Questions should be directed to:

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