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Venture Speaker Fund

Venture Speaker Fund

Suggestion:

Academic departments and programs have variable (or no) levels of funding to support guest speakers, outside of endowed speaker funds. One active initiative idea would be to create a more significant pool of funding in the Venture Grant category so that student groups could put in bids for speakers in a more logical, centralized way. I receive about 3-4 such requests every year and I always have to respond with "sorry, our program is broke and does not have the resources for such a speaker." A separate fund of $50-60K every year might then be available for wider coalitions of student groups to bid on an interesting speaker to invite to CC. Thanks for considering this.

Update/Resolution:

The Steering Committee decided to send this to the Engaged Teaching and Learning committee as well as the Extending Our Reach committee to be considered as an initiative as part of the strategic planning process.