Access & Diversity Grants

 

The Access & Diversity (A&D) grant program was initially established in 2008 to provide for continued implementation of initiatives to eliminate barriers to post-secondary access and diversity. In 2010 the program scope was broadened to include a focus on student success and completion to align with the Complete College Act of 2010 and the Drive to 55.

The program focuses on initiatives to increase success rates for traditionally underserved groups of students and employees. Historically these groups include, but are not limited to Black, Hispanic/LatinX employees and students, as well as low-income/Pell-eligible, and adult students.

The funds are available as block grants for student financial assistance, student recruitment and retention, faculty/staff recruitment and retention, and specific program administration costs. Institutions can also apply for additional funds through the A&D Competitive grant application process. 

Access & Diversity Competitive Grant Program

Grant Opportunities

Programs Currently Funded

Student Engagement, Retention, and Success (SERS) Grants (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

Institution Title Grantee Email
Austin Peay State University TRAC (Tracking Research and Career) Program: Improving equity, diversity and inclusion in research and careers in Psychological Science Brian Hock
Chattanooga State Community College Community of Scholars-Gateway Cohort Support Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College Renaissance Program Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College ROME-Real Opportunities for Mentoring Experiences-First Phase: ROME in Culinary Jeff Lemon
Cleveland State Community College Expansion and Diversification of Library Collections Erika Stuart
Cleveland State Community College MAPS-Making Academic Pathways Successful (Transfer Bridge Program)  Erika Stuart
Middle Tennessee State University "I, too, am Studying abroad", A campaign to Increasing the Awareness of Education Abroad Opportunities Among  Underrepresented Students Guanping Zheng
Middle Tennessee State University Accelerated Mentoring Program  (AMP) Brelinda Johnson
Middle Tennessee State University Building an MTeach Alumni, Mentor, and Student Community of Practice Robin Bollman
Middle Tennessee State University Come to Voice Ken Blake
Middle Tennessee State University Strategies to retain underrepresented students in the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Major Karen Davis
Middle Tennessee State University Write On! Program Vincent Windrow
Nashville State Community College  Envisioning Success for African American Students Through Learning Communities on Community College Campuses Ayesha Keller
Nashville State Community College Increasing Enrollment of Hispanic/Latinx First-time, Full-time Freshmen Jamica Hines
Northeast State Community College Anatomy & Physiology Learning Community: A High Impact Practice Nikki Morrison 
Northeast State Community College Avancemos al futuro Linda Calvert
Northeast State Community College Girls Rule Technology! Camps and Workshops Nikki Morrison
Northeast State Community College Ubuntu: Inclusive Excellence Learning Communities Tongai Maodzwa
Pellissippi State Community College Pellissippi Strong College Connection Selena Kimber
Pellissippi State Community College The Sankofa Scholars Program Gayle Wood
Southwest Tennessee Community College Southwest Veterans Success Program (SVSP)  Shayla Kolheim
Southwest Tennessee Community College SUPPORTING CITC STUDENTS WITH CERTIFICATION BOOT CAMPS Matthew Lexow
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Covington TCAT Covington Pathways to Supporting the Dream Amanda Heath
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Dickson Perfect Nexus for Practical Nursing Arrita Summers
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Harriman Transition to Student Nurse Project Jessica Massengill
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jackson Transportation Assistance and Repair Program Kati Thomas Steele
Tennessee College of Applied Technology McMinnville Achieving the Dream: Actionable Mentorship to Narrow Equity Gaps Brooks Young
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Newbern TCAT Newbern Pathways to Supporting the Dream JacQuene Rainey
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Oneida/Huntsville Barrier Removal Leads to Student Retention and Success Dwight Murphy
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Ripley TCAT Ripley Pathways to Support the Dream JacQuene Rainey
Tennessee State University "Call Me Mister"  Rhonda Stewart
Tennessee State University Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Enrichment Program (LWI-EP) Sharon Peters
Tennessee State University PHENOM: Public History Engagement, Opportunities, and Methods Andrew Patrick 
Tennessee State University Synthesizing Education and Engineering for Diversity (SEED) Representation in STEM Catherine Armwood-Gordon
Tennessee Technological University Ambassadors for Designing and Delivering Virtual Interactive Instruction for STEM Education (ADVISE) Darek Potter
Tennessee Technological University On Ramp - Pathways into Civil and Environmental Engineering for First-Year Students Daniel VandenBerge
Walters State Community College Opening Up to RISE Miki Mitrik

Open Educational Resources Grants (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022)

Institution Title Grantee Email
Austin Peay State University Peay Code: Gaming the gateway to enhance computer science programming skills  Saeid Samadidana
Chattanooga State Community College OER for Anthropology 1130, 1230, 1430 Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College OER for Sociology of Aging-SOCI 217-TN eCampus Course Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College OER for History 2010 & History 2020 Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College OER for Stars and Galaxies Astronomy ASTR 1020 Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College OER for Latino Cultures in the United States-HUM 1110 Jeff Lemon
Cleveland State Community College An Open Educational Resources Initiative in the Honors College at Cleveland State Community College Rebecca Riggs
Columbia State Community College Columbia State Community College: ENGL 2860 - Introduction to Film  J McElhiney
Columbia State Community College Columbia State Community College: English 2320 - Modern World Literature  J McElhiney
Nashville State Community College First-Year Experience OER Jessica Rabb
Pellissippi State Community College OER POLS 1030 American Government Jesse Cragwall
Roane State Community College OER for MATH 1410/1420 Shelley Esquivel
Southwest Tennessee Community College 2021-2022 Open Educational Resources Grant for ESL Curriculum   Jessica Miller
Southwest Tennessee Community College PSYC 1030 (Honors) with Undergraduate Research Sherria King
Southwest Tennessee Community College Transitioning BIOL 1010 and 1020, Introduction to Biology and Diversity of Life, to OER Courses Electa Park
Southwest Tennessee Community College HLTH-2210 Health, First Aid And Safety Open Ed Resources and Digital Engagement Shirley Stewart
Tennessee State University Open Educational Resources for General Chemistry Courses at Tennessee State University Tasneem Siddiquee
Tennessee Technological University Success Through Affordable Textbooks (S.T.A.T.) Mike Gotcher
Volunteer State Community College Developing OER for Learning Support READ 0810.  Saranne Winfield


Course Revitalization – Scaling HIPs at Community Colleges (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022)

Institution Title Grantee Email
Chattanooga State Community College A&P Cohorts-Biology 2010 and 2020 Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College PSYC 1030 & 2130 Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College ENGL 1010 and CSHU 1000 Jeff Lemon
Chattanooga State Community College GATP 2340-Graphic Arts 2 Jeff Lemon
Cleveland State Community College Facilitating Equity in Hybrid Introduction to Psychology Melodee Alexander
Cleveland State Community College Composition II: Business Revitalization Susan Fries
Cleveland State Community College Scaling Undergraduate Research Victoria Bryan
Cleveland State Community College Early & Modern American Literature Course Revitalizations Sara Amato
Motlow State Community College Technology Enhanced Learning in MATH 1003: An Engaging MATH Entry for Learning Support Students in STEM Majors Veronica Mitchell
Nashville State Community College Course Revitalization: COMM 2025 Fundamentals of Communication Harlan Pease
Roane State Community College Improving Outcomes in Anatomy and Physiology by Implementing Culturally Responsive Collaborative Learning Projects Shelley Esquivel


Open Educational Resources and Low Cost/No Costs Educational Support Materials (January 15, 2021-December 31, 2021)

Institution Title Grantee Email
Austin Peay State University The Health Outcomes Equity Project Jonniann Butterfield
East Tennessee State University OER: Improving Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at ETSU Mohammad Uddin
Middle Tennessee State University Embracing OER for Inclusive Student Success Cheryl Torsney
Tennessee State University Recruiting and Retaining Underserved Students for STEAM Careers through Open Education eSports Mixed Reality Gamification Course and Materials Robbie Melton
Tennessee Technological University Bridging the Digital Divide: Connecting rural students Mike Gotcher
University of Memphis Employing Open Educational Resources and Digital Education Initiatives to Infuse Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into the Curriculum and Educational Support Services to Enhance Student Success Stephanie Thompson
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