MBEF supports programs that will inspire change and nurture a productive and honest dialogue in our schools through the Social Inclusion Grants. Originally initiated by Malissia and Ron Clinton in 2015, the Social Inclusion Grants help to bridge divides in our community and create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all children. MBUSD students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to apply for small grants to introduce programs that will focus on celebrating and respecting diversity — with respect to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, economic status, ability, and culture.

Social Inclusion Grant Information
Downloadable Social Inclusion Grant Application

Application closed 10-1-20

2020-21 Social Inclusion Grant Awards

Funded Grants:

Grant Title Award Approved School Grade Description
Equity Diversity Social Justice Inclusion Training $3,400 Districtwide PS-12 A districtwide Race, Equity, and Diversity Climate needs assessment and Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias Training for all MBUSD teachers
International Day $600 Districtwide K-12 A festival celebrating cultures and diversity within our district, where over 40 languages are spoken
Reading for Change $750 Meadows K-5 Access to enriched library collection to foster a culture of inclusion by exposing students to diverse literature, model an appreciation of all cultures, educate students about the experiences of underrepresented groups in our community, and facilitate dialogue around diversity, bias, and the celebration of differences among students, teachers and families
Shaping Peace Together-Unified Through Education-Partership with Compton School District and MBUSD $500 Pennekamp K-5 Creation of a virtual “Peace PAL” pen pal type program for classrooms between Emerson Elementary in Compton and Pennekamp Elementary through virtual exchange and shared projects with goal to meet in person on United Nation’s International Peace Day on September 21, 2021 if safety protocols permit
Unlocking Possibilities Through Connecting with the Deaf Community $500 Meadows, Pennekamp, MBMS K-8 Program to support Deaf and Hard of Hearing students districtwide by learning from Deaf presenters and role models who specialize in diverse fields and backgrounds to help build confidence and a sense of empowerment in students by connecting with mentors from the Deaf community
Panther Literacy Society $850 Pacific 4 Access to more diverse literature for fourth grade students, thus expanding the understanding of the world and an appreciation of all cultures
5th Grade Social Justice Curriculum $500 Meadows 5 Social justice curriculum to enrich student knowledge of social justice causes and enhance their empathy when it comes to other races
Diverse and Equitable Books and Book Club $879 MBMS 6-8 Access to more diverse and equitable books for students and teachers in the MBMS school library, as well as the formation of an anti-racist book club for students at MBMS
Black History Door Decorating $600 MBMS 6-8 Classroom door decorating to celebrate and recognize black history month through artwork and/or video throughout the MBMS community provided safety protocols allow
History Thru Our Eyes $686 MBMS 8 A reading program to examine and analyze the history and evolution of race and power in America and encourage a students voice and choice to develop evidence-based arguments
Link Crew $1,750 MCHS 9-12 Support for Link Crew at MCHS, which aims to empower upperclassmen to use their experiences and knowledge to help freshmen and new students transition to high school and/or the MCHS campus
MCHS 11th Grade – Diverse Literature $4,000 MCHS 11 Enhance inclusion and diversity with a selection of books from diverse authors for English 11 curriculum