Building Belonging Program

The first review of applications will be on April 2nd for all applications submitted by then. We will continue to review applications after this, depending on funding, but want to make sure faculty who have students they want to work with in the spring quarter can be notified in time.

Faculty application link

The Building Belonging program is a new five-year effort designed to increase engagement and build a greater sense of belonging through service-learning and research projects. The Building Belonging program was developed to enable and expand engagement with faculty and also give students a firmer sense of belonging and acceptance at the University. Making these opportunities paid rather than volunteer opens them up to students with limited financial means.

The pilot program has funding to support 50 students in the first cohort. The program will begin as soon as health conditions allow. The program is open to all Social Sciences faculty.

By applying to this program, faculty agree to mentor undergraduate students in a research project or applied a community-engaged scholarly project. The students can work individually with faculty or as part of a group. Faculty are expected to meet regularly with the student researchers.  The program is available to all undergraduates but first-generation, low income, under-represented groups and/or former foster youth are especially encouraged.

The program will provide undergraduate students with $1,500 to engage in these projects with faculty. It is expected that this equates to approximately 10 hrs per week for 10 weeks at $15 per hour.

Faculty may apply to mentor up to five students. Please apply using this form

The Institute for Social Transformation thanks the generous donors who fund this program.