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Fri, Sep 17



DISRUPT Intensive & Pitch Competition (Day 2)

To Enter the Competition: We can only accept one pitch per university. Pitch team leads must email Melissa Rivas ( with their intent to participate by indicating team member names, titles, and emails, including external partners, no later than September 1.

DISRUPT Intensive & Pitch Competition (Day 2)
DISRUPT Intensive & Pitch Competition (Day 2)

Time & Location

Sep 17, 2021, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT


About the Event

Designing and Innovating to enSure underRepresented University Personnel Thrive (DISRUPT) is USU's second Intensive and Pitch Compeition for the Advancing Racial Justice & Equity Intensive workstream! With the support of the Thriving Universities Advisory Group, USU is looking for effective or promising approaches using equity-centered data to “DISRUPT” organizational and academic culture to ensure the recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented/minoritized faculty and/or staff. 

The Intensive is a condensed capacity-building, idea-sharing, and skill-building convening meant to spur innovation and action around university-led approaches to addressing inequities on campus and/or in their cities. 

The winning pitch will receive a $20,000 mini-grant! The competition is an opportunity for universities to articulate new or ongoing projects designed to improve outcomes for stakeholders in the university-city ecosystem. 

An informational video with more details is available on the USU Intensive and Pitch Competition Series webpage. Please contact Melissa Rivas (, Assistant Director at USU, for more information about the initiative.

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