Announcing the Fall 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund Awards

June 10, 2021

By Alexa Bonvie ‘22

President Dr. Joseph A. Favazza is pleased to announce the recipients of the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund Awards for the Fall of 2021. The three projects proposed are designed to promote diversity and inclusion at Saint Anselm College. 

Dr. Diana Sherman, an assistant professor in the education department oversaw the committee of staff, faculty and students who reviewed and selected the awards.

 “The winning ideas foster collaboration across departments because the pressing needs of our times require collaboration across differences” stated Dr. Andre Diaz, the Chief Diversity Officer. “The innovation grants are also exciting because all the ideas are entirely community generated and community is one of our Benedictine core values.” 

This year’s Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund recipients include: 


Black Speculative Fiction Reading Group, submitted by Joshua Tepley, Philosophy; and Meoghan Cronin, English

The purpose of this reading group is to expose students, faculty, and staff at Saint Anselm College to a number of contemporary black writers of speculative fiction. Stories will be chosen based on a combination of literary merit and philosophical content. Preference will be given to stories that deal with issues of diversity, equality, inclusiveness, otherness, and social justice. The group invites students, faculty, and staff together to discuss race and justice; such focus demonstrates the type of deliberate attention to issues of diversity that is essential to creating an authentically inclusive community. Finally, the group’s year-long conversation will directly influence the professors’ future course content and, in the case of Professor Tepley, research projects.


Speaker/Presentation Series for Staff on Implicit Bias, Racial Microaggressions and LBGTQ+ Issues to Promote Dialogue and Civil Discourse for Social Equity on Campus, submitted by Jacques Plante, Chair, Staff Council

The goal of this initiative is to help better inform staff in their interactions with coworkers and students and to imbue a knowledge of and greater sensitivity towards others who are not in their usual ethnic, social, or cultural primary group. This program is a speaker/presentation series on topics such as implicit bias, racial microaggressions and LBGTQ+ issues to help promote positive dialogue and social discourse for social equity on campus.


The Invisible Manual: Creating a Culture of Inclusive Excellence, submitted by Carolyn King-Robitaille, Athletics; and Mason (Beanie) Luttig, Class of 2021

This project is about bringing together campus groups for education and discussion by utilizing, The Invisible Manual: Creating a Culture of Inclusive Excellence. This project is a collaboration between Athletics, True Equality and Dignity Alliance, and the Intercultural Center which will run group sessions of the e-learning platform comprised of students from each group. Three subscriptions will live with these groups, allowing anyone to access the course and participate in its learning on their own. However, there will also be a group of students who will participate in this program together throughout the fall and be open to the entire student body on a space available basis.


The next proposal deadline for the Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Fund will be in early October for spring 2022 funding.