The Community, Equality, Decolonisation Fund
This is the second year of the fund, set up by the Interim Provost when she first came in to office in September 2019 with a view to promoting the values of community, equality, and decolonisation. The invitation is as follows:
Do you believe in the values of community, equality, and decolonisation? Do you want your College to do more – or do something different – to promote them? Do you wish there was a more explicit institutional engagement with educational inequalities, and with the living legacies of colonialism? Do you wish we had more opportunities in College to think about alternative models of learning or about how to share the planet's limited resources?
This is an invitation to all members of Worcester – MCR, JCR, SCR, and all staff – to apply for funding for events they would like to hold in Hilary and Trinity 2021. The kinds of events envisaged include invited speakers, workshops, small-scale exhibitions, and performances, but any well worked-out proposal with costings will be considered. Events will need to be covid-secure, but if applicants would wish to do an in-person version of their event, should the pandemic come to an end sooner than expected, they should include costings for that as well.
The deadline for receiving applications is midday on Friday of 5th week. Applications should be no more than a page and should describe the proposed event, giving the names of the organisers, a break-down of costs, the envisaged date and, if relevant, location in College. (Possible locations could include the sitting and dining rooms of the Provost's Lodgings and the Provost's Garden.) Applications should be sent to email@example.com.
Proposals will be considered by a committee composed of the Interim Provost (Kate Tunstall), the Equalities Officer (Michael Mayo), plus at least two others, drawn from the MCR, JCR, SCR, and staff, and who have not themselves put in an application.
We received 22 proposals and agreed to fund 7, of which only three could go ahead in the end because of the pandemic. These were as follows:
1.a seminar with Professor Gurminder Bhambra on decolonising the curriculum, organised by Vihan Jain (JCR) and held in the Provost's Dining Room over a vegan lunch;
2.an all-day community tango workshop, teaching music and dance and ending in a performance, organised by Sam Molina (staff) and Joe Hasell (MCR) and held in the Nazrin Shah with refreshments;
3.a Southeast Asia week, organised by Sophie Seeyave (JCR) and which moved online as 'Mangosteens and Martletts'. https://mangosteensmartlets.wordpress.com/about/