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, 2020 – June 30, 2021)

Institution Title Grantee Email
Austin Peay State University International Student Orientation, Engagement & Retention Kelly Pitts
Chattanooga State Community College Early College: First Steps to Success Jeff Lemon
Columbia State Community College College Majors Lead to High Paying Career Salaries for URMs J McElhiney
Columbia State Community College College-Going Mentor Program J McElhiney
Columbia State Community College Short-Term Study Abroad Program for Radiologic Technology and Emergency Medical Services Students J McElhiney
Dyersburg State Community College Training for Success: Empowering Adjunct to Improve Success & Retention Rates and Close the Gap Andrea Franckowiak
East Tennessee State University A College Wide Implementation of Cultural Knowledge and Adapting to Diversity- A Pilot Study Mohammad Uddin
East Tennessee State University Facilitating LPN-BSN Success Through Engagement and Simulation Training (LPN-BSN EAST) Vallire Hooper
East Tennessee State University PEER-E2:Promoting Engagement, Excellence and Retention for English as a Second Language Students.The Gatton College of Pharmacy Pilot Program for Engagement, Retention, and Recruitment of Students Whose First Language is not English Michele Williams
Middle Tennessee State University Inclusive Pedagogy among STEM Faculty: A Professional Development Program for Becoming Aware and Culturally Responsive Sarah Bleiler-Baxter
Middle Tennessee State University The Educators' Success Program Trisha Murphy
Middle Tennessee State University RECOVER: This Semester Matters Brelinda Johnson
Middle Tennessee State University CBAS First Generation Peer Mentor Program James Wicks
Northeast State Community College Inclusive Excellence Peer Mentoring Jane Honeycutt
Pellissippi State Community College Intentional Hiring Practices for Faculty & Staff of Underrepresented Groups at Pellissippi State Danette Henneke
Pellissippi State Community College Student Care and Advocacy Pathways Project Danette Henneke
Roane State Community College Bienvenidos a Roane State Shelley Esquivel
Southwest Tennessee Community College Access to Pathways Courtney Gipson
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Harriman Paving the Way to Practical Nursing Chris Ayers
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jacksboro Breaking Barriers - Moving Forward at TCAT Jacksboro John Branam
Tennessee College of Applied Technology Shelbyville Paving the Pathway to the TCAT Shelbyville Practical Nursing Program Laura Monks
Tennessee State University Becoming an Early Childhood Education Professional Paige Holmes
Tennessee State University Veterans Grant Evelyn Nettles
Tennessee State University Implementing Undergraduate Research Projects in STEM Education to Enhance Student Engagement and Close Retention Gaps Wentao Wu
Tennessee Technological University First-Generation Resilience Project Chad Luke
Tennessee Technological University Reaching Achievement & Committed to Excellence (R.A.C.E.) PLUS: Professionalism and Leadership for Undergraduate Student Success Charria Campbell
Tennessee Technological University Computer Science Academic Redshirt Program Gerald Gannod
Tennessee Technological University Holistic Foundry Undergraduate Engaged Learners (FUEL) Stephanie Jorgensen
Tennessee Technological University TN Tech Science Olympiad Collegiate Scholars Program (TN Tech SOCS) Carlos Galindo
Tennessee Technological University Ambassadors for Rural Innovation & STEM Education (ARISE) Darek Potter
Walters State Community College Expanding RHiTA: Recruiting Hispanics to Achieve Michelle Mitrik

Course Revitalization – Scaling HIPs at Community Colleges (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)

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

Digital Engagement Initiative/Open Educational Resources- Community College (October 15, 2020-June 30, 2021)

Institution Title Grantee Email
Chattanooga State Community College Anatomy & Physiology I-BIOL 2010 OER & Digital Engagement Request Jeff Lemon
Columbia State Community College Columbia State Community College: ENGL 1020 - English Composition II J McElhiney
Columbia State Community College Columbia State Community College: ENGL 1010 - English Composition I J McElhiney
Nashville State Community College Nashville State Community College Equity Promise:Humanities Redesign Robert Ladd
Northeast State Community College Reclaiming Our Past: The Truth About Tennessee Nikki Morrison
Pellissippi State Community College PSYC 1030 General Psychology Danette Henneke
Pellissippi State Community College COMM 2045 Public Speaking Danette Henneke
Roane State Community College Creating OER for MATH 1010 Shelley Esquivel
Southwest Tennessee Community College Open Education Resources for COMM 2025 William Turner
Southwest Tennessee Community College HYPER 1570 OER Rose Landey
Southwest Tennessee Community College PSYC 1030 OER Grant Application Sherria King
Southwest Tennessee Community College Modern United States History, HIST 2020 Rose Landey

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 Jorgensen
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