The Carolina Seminars Program, the Parr Center for Ethics, and the Institute of African American Research (IAAR) are sponsoring a special call for applications for problem-focused seminars focusing on ethical dimensions of diversity at UNC. This call is designed to bring the considerable intellectual and ethical talents of Carolina faculty and students to bear on urgent questions of diversity on campus.

They are expected to continue for one, two, or three years, and to produce a significant intellectual accomplishment at the end of that period. The form of that accomplishment is open, but could include:

  • Research outlines on one or more facets of diversity on campus, such as classroom practices, residential life, staff experiences, and faculty issues;
  • A research proposal to study dimensions of ethics and diversity;
  • Online tools facilitating learning or conversation;
  • Reports evaluating ethical “best practices” in one or more facets of campus diversity;
  • Essays or collections exploring ethical principles related to campus diversity.

The accomplishment(s) should be made freely available to the campus community in some form.

Seminars must be organized by faculty from two or more UNC departments, and are encouraged to include staff, undergraduate students, and/or graduate students. Preference will be given to proposals that bring together participants or ideas from significantly different backgrounds. They will receive $3,000 per year for up to three years for use in carrying out activities, as well as modest logistical support from Carolina Seminars, the Institute of African-American Research, and the Parr Center for Ethics. Proposals may be submitted through the Carolina Seminars website ( ), and should include proposed co-conveners, a description of the seminar’s focus, core membership, and work plan, and rough budget.

Proposals are due February 15, 2016, and funding may begin as early as March 1, 2016. Please click here to fill out the application for funding.

For more information, contact:

Andrew J. Perrin, Professor of Sociology and Director of Carolina Seminars,

Russ Shafer-Landau, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Parr Center for Ethics,

Karla Slocum, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of African American Research,