Committed to Change Grant

Please note that the grant proposal submission deadline has passed.


About the grant

The Language Institute is pleased to be able to offer small grants to support Language Institute affiliates who participated in the October 28 workshop led by Uju Anya on Critical Race Pedagogy for Anti-Racist, Equity-minded and Inclusive World Language Teaching and need funding to engage in action-oriented implementation activities following the workshop.

Awards will be in the range of $250-$1,000.

Funded activities must take place in the 2022-23 academic year.

Application deadline

November 15, 2022


UW-Madison faculty or staff who are affiliated with the Language Institute

Supported activities and allowable expenses

This grant could be used to:

  • Support a retreat to work further on the review and revision of teaching or other program materials, or on other selected action steps proposed during or after the workshop
  • Hire student hourly employees to assist with further review of instructional or other departmental materials, or with the creation of new materials

The grant cannot be used for travel, or for faculty or academic staff summer or other salary.

All proposed expenses must follow university policies and guidelines for purchasing, hosted meals, payroll, etc. Applicants should use the budget proposal template to prepare and submit their budget. Individuals applying for the grant are strongly encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Language Institute associate director Jana Martin, for a review of their proposed budget before submitting it with the application.

Evaluative criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a committee as soon as possible after the application deadline. The committee will consider the following in reviewing applications and making decisions on awards:

  • Potential to promote antiracist, equity-minded, and inclusive practices that help Black and other minoritized students succeed in UW-Madison language programs
  • Quality and feasibility of the proposal


Questions about this Language Institute Grant? Contact Dianna Murphy.



Spring 2022 Grant Awards for Instructional Innovation

Adeola Agoke, Department of African Cultural Studies (ACS), to develop a project “Dictionary of African Language Pedagogy,” which will provide proficiency-based and contextualized language learning resources for learners of African languages.

Jaerin Ahn, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC), to analyze data from a research study to better understand the transformation of language teaching practices (post-COVID) and their potential influence on language learners.

Saylín Álvarez, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, to produce (working with Spanish 311 classes) bilingual children’s books (Spanish-English) to be electronically published in a digital library and shared with teachers and children in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

Jeanne Schueller, Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+, to develop a curricular project that aims to impact first- through fourth-semester German curriculum in that it focuses on the development and didacticization of materials that are meaningful and relatable to students and reflect diversity and inclusion.