LGBTQ Commission Award 2017-2018

An award for a new original creative project or scholarship created by a UNC graduate or undergraduate student that explores the LGBTIQA+ experience on campus

LGBTIQA+ Original Creative or Scholarship Project

A collaboration among the Provost’s Committee for LGBTQ Life, the Process Series, the Program in Sexuality Studies, and the LGBTQ Center

Concept:

An award for a new original creative project or scholarship created by a UNC graduate or undergraduate student that explores the LGBTIQA+ experience on campus

The Project:

We are soliciting proposals for original creative project or scholarship that explore LGBTIQA+ experiences in order to deepen Carolina’s understanding of these diverse and diverging experiences.  We are interested in projects that will heighten awareness of LGBTIQA+ identity, history, and/or activism within our region, the nation, or in different national contexts.  The goal of this endeavor is to stimulate enriching conversations on campus and to shed light on some of the lived experiences that constitute the Carolina community.  We are looking for projects that can help to achieve the goal of expressing voices that may go unheard or making visible lives that may go unseen.

Proposed projects can be from any disciplinary background and can take any shape: performance poetry, monologues, plays, digital projects, visual projects, archival-based exhibitions, research, engaged scholarship in any academic field, etc.  Applicants must be current enrolled UNC-CH students and will also be an enrolled student in the 2018-2019 academic year at UNC-CH.

Submissions should include:

  • A two-page narrative description of the proposed project.
  • A writing sample or video sample of performance work.
  • A biography of the creator.
  • Additional support material is optional.

Award:

The winning student will receive $2500 this Spring, as a commission fee, and will be required to participate in a workshop of the work during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Timeline:

Deadline for submissions is April 6, 2018. Winner will be announced by May 1, 2018.

Send Submissions To: Roger Kaplan, Chair, Provost’s Committee on LGBTQ Life at kaplan@unc.edu

Justification:

This project provides an opportunity for collaboration among the Provost’s Committee for LGBTQ Life, the Program in Sexuality Studies, and the LGBTQ Center.  Each of these entities works to increase understanding of the diverse LGBTIQA+ community and to improve the lives of those marginalized on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.