Faculty Development

The Fannie Lou Hamer Ready for Change Dialogue Series

This speaker series is named after Fannie Lou Hamer, a field secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a group founded in 1960 by a group of young African Americans who used various forms of civil disobedience to end racial segregation and oppression in the Deep South. Hamer was a founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, formed in April 1964, which challenged the all-white Mississippi delegation to the Democratic National Convention. Her most celebrated quote from her testimony is, "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired," in reference to being left our of the traditional political process.


Faculty and staff from all colleges are encouraged to submit proposals to facilitate bringing speakers, workshops, or other events to campus with the objective to promote intellectual and interdisciplinary discussions of diversity (gender, race, sexual orientation, class, (dis)ability, etc.) in a manner that furthers progressive enhancement of the Core curriculum. Programs proposed can include (but are not limited to) public presentations to students, faculty and the surrounding community; brown bag (informal) discussions; workshops and extended academics-in-residence programming. 

Purpose of grants: To provide partial funding to faculty or staff, or groups led by faculty or staff, from anywhere on Butler's campus, to bring speakers/workshop providers to campus to address issues of diversity. Programs proposed can include (but are not limited to) public presentations to students, faculty and the surrounding community, brown bag (informal) discussions, workshops and extended academics-in-residence programming. 

Amount of grants: The maximum award from the FLH funds is $1000, but it is also contingent upon availability of funds.

Matching funds: To encourage interdisciplinary, pan-university involvement, matching funds are strongly encouraged, irrespective of the amount of money requested. These matching funds must be detailed in the grant application.

Application guidelines: Proposals for funds are due no later than December 1 for the following spring's programming, and May 1 for events scheduled the following fall.

Applications consist of a narrative, budget, and any applicable appendices:

1. Brief narrative that addresses the following points:

  • Brief description of the event being proposed (type of event, the date and location of event) with a rationale for how the event will meet the goal of increasing intellectual and interdisciplinary discussion of diversity on campus.
  • Brief description of the qualifications of the proposed speaker/workshop/discussion leader.
  • Identification of potential sources of additional funding/sponsorship.
  • Identification of audience(s) for the program (departments, programs, classes, community groups, student groups). 

2. Budget: (travel, honorarium, accommodations, publicity - with sources justifying estimates). 

3. Appendices (optional): May include information documenting the abilities of the speaker (c.v., resume, publications etc.) and additional information about the individual or group making the application (mission statement, course syllabus etc.).

Please send your completed application electronically to Rebecca DeGrazia (rdegrazi@butler.edu).

Please contact Elise Edwards (emedwar1@butler.edu) with any questions.