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EPI Thrive!

Engaged pluralism demands that different groups not merely tolerate each other; they engage each other. They value social difference, and they understand that engagement with others is a source of holism, a foundation for shared teaching and learning, and it encourages a fuller appreciation of humanity.
—President Bradley (inaugural address)

Made possible by support from generous Vassar Alumnae/i, the Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Office of the Dean of the College, and the Mellon Foundation, the Engaged Pluralism Initiative (EPI) seeks to promote engagement “across all manner of social difference, viewing those differences not as problems to be overcome, but as essential components of a strong community where all members have the opportunity to thrive.” If you have an idea for a campus-wide event that speaks to this aim, one which fosters belonging, equity, and/or dialogue between social groups in the Vassar community, you are invited to submit a proposal for support from EPI Thrive! Funding priority will go to proposals that take a multi-dimensional approach, bring into conversation multiple campus partners/offices, and bridge social groups in our community. Preference will be given to proposed events that focus on capacity building for constructive engagement among members of our community (e.g., training, workshops, professional development, etc.) and for which funding might not be otherwise available through other college offices and traditional resources. 

All proposals must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the proposed event, consist of no more than two pages (or 1,000 words), and the best proposals will highlight:

  • Aims and objectives of the event and its relevance to the aims of the EPI (as stated above).
  • A detailed outline or description of the proposed event, and an indication of which EPI Working Group(s) might be interested in supporting this event.
  • How the Vassar community might benefit from the event, including specific references to areas of potential impact that the event will have on multiple constituencies of our college community.
  • A plan for sustaining or building on the momentum that is achieved by the event.
  • Who is leading the event, and the nature and extent of co-sponsorship and collaboration between offices/organizations/members of our community who are affiliated with different interests (including a list of all parties who are contributing to the realization of the proposed event, and also the role they will play in the process).
  • Measures being taken to ensure the safety and integrity of the event and the dignity and well-being of presenters and attendees.
  • A detailed budget, including the contributions of co-sponsors, and attached bios of any off-campus guests who are central to the activity/event.
  • Date(s) for the proposed event(s).

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All proposals must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the proposed event. The maximum a single proposal may request is $750.