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Mini-Grant Proposals

Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, 
an Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera

You are invited to apply for up to $700 in funds for a Common Experience event planned for fall 2015 or spring 2016.

The 2015-2016 Common Experience theme, Bridged Through Stories: Shared Heritage of the United States and Mexico, An Homage to Dr. Tomás Rivera, aims to provide a campus-wide conversation on the importance of storytelling as a process of sharing personal and cultural understanding. At a time when the growing Latino population in the U.S. has received increased attention in politics and the media, the tone often suggests two worlds apart, but the border region is also a point of confluence. People’s history, culture, language, and family relationships continue to live and traverse the border in fluid ways as they have for centuries before the current political boundaries were established in the 19th and 20th centuries. Texas State’s own Tomás Rivera and his novel …y no se lo tragó la tierra / …And the Earth Did Not Devour Him provide a local context for both stories and conversations about this shared heritage. The Common Experience encourages cross-disciplinary conversations about this shared heritage as the year progresses.

The mini-grant application is available via the link at the bottom of this page (login required). For additional information, contact Dr. Pam Wuestenberg ( or Ms. Diann McCabe (

Proposals will be evaluated on:

» the relationship to the Common Experience theme
» the number of co-sponsors providing financial support
» the potential for continued dialogue about the Common Experience theme
» the diversity of the anticipated audience
» the anticipated size of the audience
» the publicity plan for the event

The committee will look favorably upon proposals that reflect collaboration across university areas through joint sponsorship, and on proposals that reflect shared funding. Requests for funds for the purchase of food will be rejected.

Please submit the completed proposal to Dr. Pam Wuestenberg ( before 5 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015.

All applicants will be notified by September 11, 2015, regarding the status of their proposals. Please note that all funded applicants are required to provide a brief follow-up report to the committee within one month of the event.

Mini-Grant Application (login required)
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