Request for Proposals

Pedagogies for Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Small Grants Grants Up to $5,000

Rolling Submission Deadline

The Wabash Center requests small grant proposals up to $5000 for projects that are focused on pedagogies that encourage students to critically engage with learning experiences involving social justice and civic engagement. 

Proposals could address issues such as:

  • Student engagement with community projects or concerns
  • Understanding the role of religions in the public square
  • Facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom
  • Student resistance to learning related to social justice and civic engagement
  • Anti-racism work
  • Religion or Theology and democracy and the 2020 elections
  • Issues of freedom, liberation, and justice

Successful grants will demonstrate:

  • A readiness to learn on the part of the project director
  • A collaborative process with other faculty members (internal or external to the institutional or departmental setting)
  • Attentiveness to student learning goals
  • Attentiveness to the commitments, values, and contexts that are brought into the classroom by the students
  • Attentiveness to the long-term “value-added” of an understanding of religion or theology – who do you wish your students to be in five years?
  • A structure of evaluative learning where feedback from project participants (eg: students, other faculty, and community partners) is a regular and formative process for the project

Rolling Deadline Period 

Proposals should follow the guidelines for our small grant proposals. 

Proposals need to include:

  • Title of proposed project
  • Framing question or problem
  • Project goals
  • Description of activities that will explore the central question or issue
  • Supportive literature
  • Plan of assessment, evaluation, and response
  • Line item budget and budget narrative

See full instructions on the Small Project Grants web page.

Questions? Please Contact:
Dr. Paul O. Myhre
Associate Director, Wabash Center

Religion Departments
might tackle questions such as:

  • how political, economic, and religious realities shape the ways that media communicates conflicts or engagements
  • how to develop student capacities for engagement in the public square
  • how to design multilayered conversations that attend to the variety of cultural commitments that are brought to conversations of current events

Faculty members might begin inter-disciplinary conversations with colleagues about the study of religion as it relates to public life or an informed citizenry, or they might develop creative ways to consider the topic within the overall curriculum.

Theological Schools
might tackle questions such as:

  • how to prepare students for ministry in social worlds enmeshed in conflicted and conflicting realities
  • how to engage productive conversations within congregations that are insular in their nature
  • how to address public citizenry in emergent forms of ministry
  • how to prepare students to become civically active in a radically pluralistic and multi-religious world
  • how to teach a multi-religious, multi-ethnic student body to honor the other and the self

Final Reports

Final reports will include a full financial accounting of funds spent (from institutional business office) and a Narrative Report on what the project accomplished and what was learned about pedagogies for social justice and civic engagement.


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