Overview: The bLUeprint Grants have been established to encourage faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students to develop programs that will enrich and expand student learning opportunities to promote student success. There will be two application cycles per academic year in which awards of up to $2500 will be available. A call for proposals will be issued to all faculty and staff each semester. All proposals will be reviewed by the Faculty Committee on Student Life (FCSL). Priority will be given to those proposals that reflect a collaborative effort by faculty, staff and students, and that impact a broad audience. Please note that expenses for compensation of Lehigh faculty, staff or students are NOT eligible for funding through this grant.
Criteria: Proposals will be based on the following criteria:
- Innovative and distinctive "make a difference" start-up projects, activities and events with potential for being recognized as notable or best in class by peers, individuals, or groups beyond the immediate Lehigh constituency
- Demonstrate an intellectual collaboration between faculty and students in the design and execution of the activity
- Hold promise to grow in influence, to be sustainable and replicable, and to positively affect others beyond the direct participants (rather than general supplemental funding for existing projects or organizations)
- Have measurable outcomes in light of bLUeprint foundational principles, with impact on improving the visibility of Lehigh and profiling the character of its living-learning environment and its relation to the world.
- Demonstrate commitment to improve student life at Lehigh and the sense of shared community amongst faculty, students and staff on the campus and/or with the greater South Bethlehem neighborhood.
The five bLUeprint foundational principles are listed below. It is not necessary to address all of them, only those that most apply to your proposed project.
Creative Curiosity - Students will ask big questions, seek mindful solutions, and develop an overall inquisitive outlook on the world.
Identity Development - Students will continue to develop into their own unique person, become grounded in their multiple identities, and live out their carefully chosen values and beliefs.
Collaborative Connections - Students will learn to build positive relationships and engage in dialogue, utilizing their personal values, and inquisitive outlook as a guide.
Inclusive Leadership - Students will make decisions, take action, and contribute positively to their communities in ways that are purposeful, socially just and built on integrity.
Professional Growth & Success - Students will utilize their intellectual passions and talents to create and enact a personal definition of success that positively represents themselves, their profession, and their communities.
For a detailed explanation, read the bLUeprint Information from Student Affairs