President's Initiatives Fund - Recipients Announced!

By meeting a challenge to bring cultural experiences to students at Western Connecticut State University, the university’s faculty and staff have come up with a dynamic array of enriching programs — from learning about human conditions through the rich and diverse lens of the United Nations and from developing a public television series that will focus on differences to discovering firsthand the diversity in the Danbury community by sampling ethnic foods at local eateries and to mentoring one-on-one with local school children.

WCSU President James W. Schmotter recently approved grants from the President’s Initiatives Fund totaling $116,000 to faculty, students and staff for projects that advance the “learning opportunities that differences can create.” These special projects help further one of the university’s core competencies to educate students for global realities.

“I was pleased with the quality of the initiatives selected for funding. The collaboration between staff, faculty and students shows how much thought went into their creation,” Schmotter said. “These programs will not only benefit our university, but will also incorporate, and so will benefit, external constituents of WCSU. Our students will not only grow academically, but by learning more about communities beyond the campus, be they local or global, they will better understand the complexities and power of human diversity in our world.”

The quality of the proposals was strong enough that the $100,000 President’s Initiatives Fund was supplemented to provide more than $116,000 in funding.

The 10 programs below were selected to receive funding from the President’s Initiatives Fund. They were chosen from 18 proposals submitted by the Jan. 11 deadline.


President's Initiatives Fund 2008 Project Overview

President's Initiatives Fund Recipients

Selection Process

Background Information

Team Members


For more information, call the Office of the Provost at (203) 837-8400.

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