PACT Funding Opportunities
Students at Anderson University can submit an application to fund a special peace initiative project that fits one of the five objectives of the Peace and Conflict Transformation Program at Anderson University. The project should be related to issues of local, national, or global peace-building. In addition, our goal is to encourage students to fulfill the Anderson University mission to “educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society”. Students will provide insights into how the funding will assist them in enhancing their own knowledge about peace-building as well as how they will engage and give back to the university campus with what they have learned. The generous PACT endowment established in 1997 through the vision of Maurice and Dondeena Caldwell provides funding for these student peace initiatives.
Past Student Peace Projects
- "I was given support by PACT to go to the Clinton Global Initiative University in San Diego. I was accepted into the conference due to a proposal I wrote for a Youth Empowerment Project I am starting in Jamaica. The project is geared towards youth in rural areas that lack the opportunities needed to realize their purpose. The program is designed to empower through mentorship using sports, sustainable farming practices, the arts, awareness in various social issues, and literacy campaigns. The program is hoped to be operational by December 2012."
Latoya Francis, senior
Accounting / Youth Leadership Development major; Nonpropfit Leadership minor
- "The shoe drive was a student-led month-long event where students, faculty, staff, and friends of Anderson University donated shoes that would be sent to Soles for Souls, Inc. Roughly 300 shoes were donated. PACT covered shipping costs, which ended up being less than one dollar per pair."
Megan Whitmire, senior
Bible and Religion major; PACT minor
Each proposal needs to fulfill at least one of the PACT program objectives including:
- To encourage the inclusion of the concerns of peace and conflict transformation into the existing curriculum and campus life.
- To facilitate multiple forums for students and faculty to explore and analyze the spiritual, moral, philosophical, and political issues inherent in conflict and efforts for peace-making.
- To inform students and faculty of the processes of nonviolent transformation of interpersonal, cultural, organizational, and political conflict.
- To support the efforts of Anderson University personnel to teach others mechanisms for conflict transformation.
- To support research projects related to peace and conflict transformation.
Proposals are reviewed on a monthly basis, with proposals due the 1st of each month. Please submit proposals as far in advance as possible. Applicants must send one electronic copy of their proposal to the director of the PACT Program, Dr. Marian Berky, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each proposal must be discussed with the director.
Each proposal will be reviewed by a committee at the monthly committee meeting. Each proposal must be submitted with a copy of the student’s AU ID, any documentation needed, and any reservation or registration forms completed and attached. Each proposal is blindly reviewed, meaning that committee members do not know whose proposal they are reading. This is to ensure fairness as proposals are considered for funding. Students will be notified of decisions on proposals by the PACT director within one week of the monthly committee meeting.