Gender/Feminist/Women's Studies Programs Grant Opportunity

Our Goal

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation has shown a long-standing commitment to women’s educational equality in the Santa Cruz and Monterey area. Promoting women’s educational equality requires not only an effort to increase women’s representation in male-dominated academic fields, but also the promotion of feminist analytical thought and gender as a legitimate category of academics and theory. Unfortunately, Gender/Feminist/Women's Studies programs are not a priority for all institutions of higher learning. Many colleges and universities do not offer comprehensive Gender Studies programs; and many programs have been eliminated entirely or have experienced drastic budget cuts. As a response to this gap, the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation seeks to partner with institutions of higher education in the Santa Cruz and Monterey area to enhance, establish, or reinstate Gender/Feminist/Women’s Studies programs. The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is specifically choosing community colleges in order to ensure that women of all economic backgrounds have access to the tools to advocate and make change in their lives and communities.

What We Look For

The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation looks for Women’s/Gender/Feminist Studies academic programs/departments that examine how societies organize gender roles and relations and how these intersect with other hierarchies of power. This area of study explores the implications of patriarchal institutions and structures of inequality between men and women. The major should coordinate women’s studies courses, across disciplines, that critically examine problems and solutions to social inequality, oppression of women and interpretations of gender differences between men and women. We look for colleges and universities that show a commitment to Gender/Feminist/Women's Studies programs through institutional support and a dedicated plan for sustainability.

Proposals for up to five years of support will be considered. Please see our Gender Studies Letter of Inquiry Instructions for more information.

As part of this initiative, the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation is creating a Women’s Study Collaborative for Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. Grant recipients will be asked to attend quarterly meetings to explore new ideas and best practices in the field of Women’s Studies and collaborate with other local programs.

Resources for Gender/Feminist/Women's Studies program development can be found at the National Women's Studies Association. Please see their list of Essential Resources and Administrator's Handbook for comprehensive best practices. Contact NWSA's national office staff for one-on-one consultations and advice.

Multi-Year Proposal Requirements

Proposals for multi-year funding strategies (up to five years) must contain a detailed plan explaining the institutional support of the Gender/Feminist/Women’s Studies program. This plan must be separated by year and outline the program growth/enhancements and the institutional funding commitment for each year individually.

To be considered for support, programs must incorporate the following components through existing (or proposed) guidelines:

  • Institutional support shown through submittal of an Internal Memorandum of Understanding (see requirements below)
  • Sustainability plan (see requirements below)
  • Dedicated department chair
    • May be full-time or part-time
    • Proposal must include complete job description.
    • Job description should include: attending quarterly collaborative meetings, coordination of course offerings, supporting and recruiting adjunct instructors, collaboration across disciplines, developing new courses, improving existing courses, implementing best practices in the field, etc. Candidate must have demonstrated knowledge of feminist theory and thought.
  • Dedicated office space
  • For Community Colleges, the Gender Studies program must offer a degree that allows and encourages students to transfer to CSU and UC schools
    • Offers courses to fulfill as many GE and A.A./A.S. requirements as possible
  • Program has a comprehensive plan to recruit, support, and maintain students within the program
  • Offers at least 9 units per term

Several institutions have identified that funding is currently very limited. The list below includes strategies for no-cost ways to integrate and promote Women’s Studies. If institutional funding is limited, the plan must include low-cost and no-cost ways of integrating and supporting Women’s Studies for the first year as well as a plan to increase institutional funding over time.

Please consider the following strategies for no-cost ways to promote Women’s Studies at your institution:

  • Add an agenda item to regularly scheduled committee meetings that addresses the recruitment of women to the college, such as an analysis of practices on campus that alienate or invite women to experience the full potential of the campus: access to child care, availability of night classes, campus safety, mentoring and career development programs for women in male dominated fields.
  • Create a Women’s Studies Consortium of instructors from different departments who are interested in promoting Women’s Studies.
  • Think creatively about the course offerings and collaborate with existing departments. For example, ask the engineering department if someone would be interested on teaching a course on women in STEM.
  • Host recruitment events on topics such as “Women in STEM”, "Ending Violence Against Women" and "Increasing Child-care Access in the Community"
  • Publicize a compilation of all Women’s Studies related courses when course registration opens
  • Host events and lectures to introduce students to Women’s Studies

Sustainability Plan: Please explain the institutional support of the Gender/Feminist/Women’s Studies program and how this will enhance over time. Plan must be separated by year and outline the program growth/enhancements and the institutional funding commitment for each year individually. If institutional funding is limited the first year, the plan must include no-cost ways of integrating and supporting Women’s Studies for the first year as well as a plan to increase institutional funding over time. As this is a competitive, discretionary program of the Peggy an Jack Baskin Foundation, there is no guarantee of continuation of funding.

Internal Memorandum of Understanding: Each application must include an Internal Memorandum of Understanding, which represents a partnership with different departments, offices and entities within the institution of higher education. Each applicant must provide an IMOU as a single document that includes signatures and dates from all partners. Signatures must be current (dated during the development of the proposal) and include titles and organizations. The IMOU must be signed by the vice president, president, vice chancellor, and/or chancellor of the institution of higher education and the chief executive officers and/or directors of all participating partners within the institution(s), including the vice president of instruction, the dean of humanities, and the vice president of academic affairs.

Letters of support may not be submitted in lieu of the IMOU.

The IMOU must do the following:

  • Identify the departments, offices, or entities designated to receive and administer grant funds and to manage and coordinate program activities within the institution of higher education. Identify the departments and offices that will be instrumental in ensuring the success of the women's/feminist/gender studies program, such as the vice president of instruction, the dean of humanities, and the vice president of academic affairs.
  • Clearly state the roles and responsibilities each partner would assume to ensure the success of the proposed program
  • Indicate approval of the proposed program budget by all partners;
  • Describe the resources each partner would contribute to the project, either through time, in kind contributions, or other (e.g., office space, staff)
  • Indicate support of instructors and courses being co-listed under the Gender Studies program

Recommended language to be included in the IMOU:

  • The below signatories will work in conjunction to strengthen and institutionalize a Gender and Women's Studies program in X College's academic community. The support and cooperation of the undersigned is vital to the success of the Gender and Women's Studies program. They agree to maximize their collective efforts to ensure the program's effective implementation and sustainability.

Additional Considerations

  • There is a preference for applicant organizations for which women are the primary decision-makers.
  • There is a preference for applicant organizations that integrate gender equity into their personnel policies, such as robust parental leave, child care, flexible work schedules, and relationship abuse workplace policies.
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