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IU Women’s Philanthropy Council Awards Over $100,000 in Grants

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Justin Clark gave a compelling grant presentation to WPC members
Along with his colleagues, IU Kokomo's Justin Clark gave a compelling grant presentation to WPC members about the Innovation Symposium program.

June 5, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Council (WPC) will award grants totaling $108,000 to nine programs affiliated with six Indiana University campuses.

The awards range from $7,000 to $17,000 and support projects that foster international service, sexual assault prevention and awareness, sustainability, public health, education, and diversity at IU Bloomington, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IUPUI, IPFW, and IU South Bend.

In total, there were 37 grant applicants from eight IU campuses.

“This year’s applicants proposed many innovative and impressive projects. It was a challenge for us to select only nine award recipients,” said Janet Smith, WPC Fund working group member and WPC Founding member.

“Our Council’s mission is to strengthen IU and the communities in which we live,” said Kay Booth, WPC Chairwoman and Founding member. “We are thrilled to support these unique initiatives that address critical needs in health, diversity, and scholarship in local, national, and international arenas. Many lives will be touched and we firmly believe that the world will be a better place as a direct result of these projects.”

The 2014 recipients include:

  • IU Dental Student Outreach Clinic (Indiana University School of Dentistry, IUPUI). The award will help fund the Dental Student Outreach Clinic, a program that provides dental care to low-income and homeless adults in Indianapolis, Indiana. This Clinic helps IUPUI dental students obtain hands-on educational experience in working with diverse communities.
  • Summer Leadership Academy for Undergraduate Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law). The goal of this program is to create pipeline initiatives to improve diversity and facilitate an introduction to the legal field. The award will help fund the Summer Leadership Academy, a program that targets undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds in Indiana. Students selected to attend the academy will receive academic training in different fields of law from faculty and alumni of the McKinney School of Law.
  • Titans of Sustainability: Student Internship and Community Engagement Program (Center for a Sustainable Future, IU South Bend). The Titans of Sustainability Program is a pilot program at the Center for a Sustainable Future that will provide opportunities for student internships to develop and enhance sustainability practices, community service, and civic engagement in the South Bend area. The award will fund internships to provide experiential learning opportunities for students to develop the capacity to engage and enhance sustainability practices in the community.
  • Being First: Supporting Success for Non-Traditional First Generation College Students (Center for Women and Returning Adults, IPFW). The goal of the project is to provide comprehensive academic and social support to non-traditional first generation college students enrolled at IPFW over a four-year period. With the assistance of a part-time student coordinator, the Center for Women and Returning Adults will design on- and off-campus social events and workshops, and create a First Generation Student Organization. The award will fund the coordinator position and the creation of academic support mechanisms, including tailored academic curricula that address the needs in math, foreign language, and writing.
  • Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank Healthy Breast Tissue Collection (IU Simon Cancer Center, IUPUI). The award to the Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank will help expand the collection of normal breast tissue donations from women of minority backgrounds. This project enables the IU Simon Cancer Center to conduct vital breast cancer research that studies the effects of cancer on women of different races and ethnic origins. The award will help defray the costs for needles to be used at a tissue collection event scheduled for August 16, 2014, at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center at IUPUI.
  • The Innovation Symposium (IU Kokomo). The mission of the Innovation Symposium is to encourage student participation in the study, observation, and practice of innovative thinking by examining global and local issues to determine how positive change occurs. The award will fund student travel and admission costs to study historical and current innovations in philanthropy, environment, and technology during a three-week international travel course in England during May and June 2015. After the trip, the students will develop individual projects to address global issues in the local context.
  • Sexual Assault Prevention Program (Division of Student Affairs, IU Bloomington). The Culture of Care Initiative, in partnership with the Kinsey Institute and the Department of Gender Studies, will develop the Sexual Assault Prevention Program to gather information about the prevalence of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and victimization incidents experienced by IU Bloomington students. The goal of this project is to determine the gaps between reported incidents and those that have occurred, trends and common themes among these incidents, and the awareness of campus and community resources available to students. This information will be utilized to identify sexual assault prevention efforts and serve as a baseline measure for future program evaluation. The award will fund the development and distribution of the study, statistical analysis costs, and student involvement throughout the process.
  • Creating Awareness about Violence and its Prevention (Women and Gender Studies, IU Northwest). Through a Student Victimization Survey, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program, and campus and community events, the Women’s Center will develop gender violence awareness and prevention strategies in the IU Northwest community. The award will fund the data collection, data cleaning, and completion of the victimization survey, and the equipment needed for the RAD gear and instructor training.
  • Global Gateways for Teachers: Sustainable Communities Fund (IU Bloomington). Global Gateways for Teachers provides student-teaching opportunities in schools and communities across 18 countries. IU student teachers traveling overseas are required to design and implement community-based service-learning projects for the communities in which they live and teach. This award will help fund the expansion of programmatic opportunities for students involved in these service-learning projects.

About the WPC grant program: Grants are awarded on an annual cycle from the WPC Fund, which is administered by the IU Foundation. WPC members support the fund with annual contributions. Applications for 2015 grants will be available in fall of 2014. For more information about grant criteria and applications, go to iufoundation.iu.edu/womensphilanthropy/grant or contact Michele Boillotat, director of Women’s Philanthropy at Indiana University, at mboillot@iu.edu.

The IU Women’s Philanthropy Council was convened by the Indiana University Foundation Board of Directors in 2010. The WPC’s mission is to lead fundraising and engagement efforts that inspire women to give of their time, talent, and resources to Indiana University, and to develop women leaders in philanthropy.

Founded in 1936, the Indiana University Foundation maximizes private support for Indiana University by fostering lifelong relationships with key stakeholders and providing advancement leadership and fundraising services for campuses and units across the university.