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Aaron Willis
Director of Bannan Forum
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
awillis@scu.edu
408-554-4383


APPLICATIONS DUE
NOVEMBER 22, 2021
SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION HERE

The Bannan Forum awards grants for research, teaching, and university initiatives that engage issues of contemporary significance within the Catholic intellectual tradition and extend the Jesuit, Catholic vocation of SCU as a transformative social force.

 


BANNAN FORUM MISSION INTEGRATION GRANTS

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The Ignatian Center's Bannan Forum will award up to six grants (up to $5,000 each) to faculty and staff to support deeper integration of the mission and tradition of Santa Clara University into their teaching, research, or programs. In addition, the grants seek to promote and make accessible the comprehensive humanism of the Jesuit intellectual heritage, bringing it to bear on contemporary global realities, and to encourage intellectual discourse among faculty, staff, and students. 

Projects can take various forms, such as curriculum and course development; research and writing; and mission-based programming and initiatives targeted at students, faculty, staff, and/or the wider community.  Proposals that are interdisciplinary or draw members from more than one unit on campus are particularly encouraged.

 


BANNAN FORUM DIALOG & DESIGN GRANTS

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The Ignatian Center's Bannan Forum 
will award up to six grants (from $2000-$5000) to support the development and/or early stages of collaborative projects. Dialog and Design grants are intended as “seed” funding.

Groups of faculty and/or staff will identify themes for new scholarship inspired by Jesuit mission and tradition linked to current faculty and/or staff interests and competencies.

Ideally themes will spark mutual interest among several faculty and/or staff and have a larger scope than individual scholarly projects.  

 

 

 

Funding might support activities such as:

  • Regular lunch or dinner meetings over a quarter (when such meetings become possible)
  • Dialog and Design project conferences or off-campus retreats (when such meetings become possible)
  • Bringing in resource faculty or staff from other universities to support discussion and planning
  • A regular series of “working paper” colloquium with discussion and group commentary
  • Funding for books or other media pertinent to the common effort
  • other collaborative efforts by the Design and Dialog group

Funding of Dialog and Design grants looks to specific outcomes, such as:

  • Papers that develop preliminary conceptualizations of the common theme
  • Formal proposals that can elicit support from traditional funding channels
  • Proposals for curriculum innovation
  • Proposals for a conference or other significant public forums to be held at SCU

 

Eligibility: Full-time faculty (of all ranks) and full-time staff are eligible to apply. The Bannan Forum encourages interdisciplinary projects and/or projects that involve faculty and/or staff from more than one department or from more than one area within a department, and integrate students as collaborative contributors. Priority will be given when possible to proposals from applicants who have not previously received Bannan Forum Grant funds. Bannan Forum Grants will not be awarded to fund repeat projects. Proposals must be signed by the primary applicant(s) and by the related department chair(s)/supervisor(s). 

Project Duration: Bannan Forum Grants must be conducted within eighteen months from the date of the award. Unused funds will be returned to the Ignatian Center at the end of 18 months. When a decision to award a grant has been made, the Director of the Bannan Forum, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education will notify each grant recipient and schedule a meeting to review the related grant parameters and expectations. The Director of the Bannan Forum will serve as a point of contact for the grant recipient during the duration of the project. 

Review Procedures: Proposals will be evaluated by an evaluation committee chaired by the Director of the Bannan Forum. Occasionally, proposals may be distributed to additional expert reviewers selected by Ignatian Center staff who may advise the committee. The committee's recommendations will be reviewed by the Executive Director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education for final funding decisions. Reviewers consider the following criteria, among others, when evaluating proposals:

  • Does the proposal meet the submission criteria as laid out in this Call for Proposals?
  • What is the significance of the proposed project to the work of the Forum?
  • Does this proposal specify impact to the campus community and/or larger community?
  • Is the project clearly described, well defined, and able to be successfully completed within the grant timeline?
  • Is the proposed methodology appropriate? Are sufficient resources and expertise available?
  • Does the proposal demonstrate a sufficient review of relevant literature/sources?
  • Is there departmental/institutional commitment to support the project?

Grants will fund work on topics that engage with the Jesuit, Catholic mission of SCU and the primary themes of the Bannan Forum:

  • The Jesuit, Catholic intellectual and aesthetic tradition, connecting scholarship and teaching to the historical and global currents of spirituality, creativity, and intellectual discovery
  • The Jesuit university as a source of reconciliation and justice, exploring the role of transformative education and faith in contemporary public life and culture
  • The characteristics of Jesuit education, expanding the application of Ignatian educational principles to support transformative ideas and practices
  • The Universal Apostolic Preferences,  activating the comprehensive Jesuit mission on campus. 

These categories are not meant to restrict proposals only to religious themes.  The Ignatian mission and tradition embraces a wide range of humanistic, artistic, scientific, and technical activities that help individuals, society, and our common home to flourish.      

Funding of Dialog & Design Grants might support activities such as:

  • Regular lunch or dinner meetings over a quarter (when such meetings become possible)
  • Dialog and Design project conferences or off-campus retreats (when such meetings become possible)
  • Bringing in resource faculty or staff from other universities to support discussion and planning
  • A regular series of “working paper” colloquium with discussion and group commentary
  • Funding for books or other media pertinent to the common effort
  • other collaborative efforts by the Design and Dialog group

Funding of Dialog and Design grants looks to specific outcomes, such as:

  • Papers that develop preliminary conceptualizations of the common theme
  • Formal proposals that can elicit support from traditional funding channels
  • Proposals for curriculum innovation
  • Proposals for a conference or other significant public forums to be held at SCU

To apply, submit the following items as a single PDF:

1. A proposal that:

  • Describes the nature, scope, and method of the proposed research/course/project.
  • Explains why the research/course/project is innovative through reference to related research/courses/projects.
  • Discusses the significance of the research/course/project to the work of the Bannan Forum; the work of the Ignatian Center; the mission, vision, and values of Santa Clara University; and the broader community.
  • Identifies methods that will be used to measure the success of the project.
  • Suggests future work based on the anticipated results of the project.
  • Outlines dissemination plans (research) or scope of audience and impact (course/project).
  • Notes the role and contribution of all applicants.

2. A Detailed budget that clearly identifies the purpose of the funds requested and identifies institutional cost sharing.

3. Additional supporting materials such as curricula vitae of project faculty or staff, relevant bibliography, and/or project schedule.

As a condition of the grant, awardees must furnish the Ignatian Center with updates 6 and 12 months after funds are made available and a final project report one quarter after the completion date indicated on the proposal cover page. The final project report may be made available on the Ignatian Center website.

If a paper related to a Bannan Forum Grant is accepted for publication in a journal, a cover letter briefly explaining the research outcomes and a pre-print of the published paper, or a link to the network-accessible journal, must be submitted to the Ignatian Center for inclusion on the website. Researchers must include, or cause to be included, recognition of the Bannan Forum Grant, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education in all publications of research results from a Bannan Forum Grant-funded project.

A Seat at the Table | Conversations on Clare of Assisi | 2009-2010 Bannan Grant Report | Jean Molesky-Poz
Nou se Ayiti: We Are Haiti | The Strength of a Community Voice to Overcome Human Rights Abuses | 2010-2011 Bannan Grant Report | Caitlin E. Robinett
Toward a More Equitable Distribution of Resources Within Our World | 2008-2009 Bannan Grant Report | Alexander Boll, Nicole I. Nasrah, Jacqueline Peterson, Marta Robinson, & Wren
What Good is God for Grief and Loss? | 2012-2013 Bannan Grant Report | David B. Feldman & Robert A. Gressis
Go and Do Likewise | 2014-2015 Spohn Grant Report | Christopher Wemp '12
Water for Life | A Journey to Nicaragua Exploring Sustainable Development | 2007-2008 Bannan Grant Report | Ed Maurer
Interfaith Cooperation on Environmental Issues | Muslim Southeast Asian Contributions to a Global Ethic | 2006-2007 Banna Grant Report | David Pinault
Shakespeare at San Quentin | Santa Clara Studnts Perform Shakespeare For and With Inmates | 2005-2006 Bannan Grant Report | Aldo Billingslea

Building an Evidence-Based Anti-Racist Discussion Toolkit for Santa Clara University 

  • Naomi Levy  |  Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Natalie Linnell  |  Lecturer, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Laura Nichols  |  Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Katia Moles  |  Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Religious Studies
  • Christelle Sabatier  |  Senior Lecturer, Biology

This grant will support efforts to to create a toolkit of anti-racist practices, which will contain transferable resources available to individuals and departments across SCU. The toolkit will outline examples of different approaches to starting conversations within a unit and guidance on how to progress from various starting points to more meaningful work. The project will be based in the Racial Justice Coalition and use the RJC network to disseminate the toolkit across campus units.


Building with a Conscience? New Housing Initiatives and Justice in the Silicon Valley

  • Sreela Sarkar  |  Associate Professor, Communication

This grant will fund research on the housing crisis in Silicon Valley that asks “three inter-related questions: 1) How are Big Tech and the state addressing this crisis through their policies and actions? 2) What are the racialized and class-based complexities of housing access especially in the context of new policy actions? 3) How are housing activists and social movements positioning themselves as effective actors for social change vis-à-vis institutions like the state and corporations?” While challenging neoliberal and technocratic policies, the project will highlight the experiences of marginalized residents.  The project will also include collaborative work with academics, policy makers, and activists through events at Santa Clara University. 


Devotions of Bondage: English Jesuits and American Slavery

  • Andrew Keener  |  Assistant Professor, English

This grant will fund research on the ways professors, staff, and students at the world’s first English Jesuit colleges positioned themselves rhetorically in relation to the wider world and its developing problems of slavery, colonialism, and capitalism.  The project will examine the foundations of Jesuit humanism and its earliest Anglophone circumstances to understand the problems of white supremacy and racism embedded within today’s American Jesuit colleges.


Integrating Ohlone Voices into the Santa Clara University Archives: A Summer Speaker Series

  • Kelci Baughman McDowell  |  Research & Instruction Services Coordinator, University Library, Archives & Special Collections
  • Erin Louthen  |  University Archivist, University Library

This grant will support the implementation, hosting, and digital preservation of three programmatic events as part of a Santa Clara University Library Archives & Special Collections department program entitled, Integrating Ohlone Voices into the Santa Clara University Archives: A Summer Speaker Series.  The project will provide a venue to host events that incorporate indigenous representation into the intellectual life of Santa Clara University. The series will address the silences, erasure and elision of Native American lives and voices in the archives, including the Santa Clara Mission Manuscript Collection.


Radical Healing: A Student Activist Participatory Action Research (PAR) Zine Project for Sociopolitical Wellbeing

  • Jesica S. Fernández  |  Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies
  • Sharmila Lodhia  |  Associate Professor and Department Chair, Women's & Gender Studies

This grant will support The Radical Healing Zine Project, a participatory action research (PAR) collaborative project that aims to center the voices and experiences of student activists. Through the use of photovoice (e.g., photographs and stories/narratives), testimonios and critical reflexivity journaling, the project will document how student activists experience healing and wellbeing, and thus develop practices for self and collective community relational care. The project will document, dialogue and disseminate practices of and for radical healing that can sustain student activists, particularly in relation to racial justice work.


Undergraduate Studies Antiracism Reading Group

  • Katharine Heintz  |  Associate Provost, Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer, Communication Department 

This grant will support the Undergraduate Studies team’s effort to realize the mission of SCU to become an anti-racist institution through the development of mission-based programming and initiatives targeted at students, faculty, staff, and/or the wider community. This will include revision and development of anti-racist curricular and co-curricular programs to serve undergraduate students and the faculty and staff who support them.

Engaged Learning: Cura Personalis in the Classroom

  • Allia Griffin  |  Lecturer, Ethnic Studies
  • Amy Lueck  |  Assistant Professor, English

This grant will support a video and blog series, Engaged Learning: Cura Personalis in the Classroom. The series will act as a digital archive that seeks to highlight ways that faculty, staff, students and alumni are maintaining or forging community. The theme for the series this year will be “Cura Personalis in the Time of COVID.” The project leads intend to create a sustainable digital archive that can simultaneously document the many projects occurring on campus as well as be a gathering space for members of the community looking for resources, inspiration, innovation, and ways to remain connected.


Global Migration and Refugee Studies Program

  • Enrique Pumar  |  Fay Boyle Professor and Department Chair, Sociology

This grant will support the establishment of the Global Migration and Refugee Studies Program (GMRSP) at Santa Clara University. This program intends to provide a home for all the faculty, students, and staff of the university who are interested in migration and refugee movements around the world. The program plans to follow a comparative historical approach to investigate and study why people migrate, how they move, what trajectory they follow and why, and what are the consequences of migration movements for all of us. The funding requested will be used as seed money to create and institutionalize the program.


Mapping Inequality and Justice Interventions in Googleville

  • Jaime Wright  |  Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer, Religious Studies
  • Elizabeth Drescher  |  Adjunct Associate Professor, Religious Studies
  • Edrick Servando Bondoc  |  Program Director, Arrupe Engagement, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

This grant will support the development of a community-based learning course sequence that brings together faculty, Arrupe staff, students, and community leaders to explore, analyze, and document the impact of the proposed Google Transit Village (“Googleville”) development on spatially structured experiences of inequality and justice in impacted neighborhoods of Silicon Valley. The project will build upon the existing Engaged Learning for Social Justice (ELSJ) framework and seeks to address the systemic inequalities in Silicon Valley through longer-term research and analytical techniques that are data-generating and data-driven.