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 the racial divide 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 — racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, economic and cultural. Applications will be accepted through November 1, 2018.

Download 2018-19 Social inclusion Grant Application here.

2017/18 Social Inclusion Grant Recipients

Grant Title Description School Amount Approved Lead Grantee Category
Buddy Bench Foster friendship on the elementary playground and promotes a climate of kindness and inclusion. Pennekamp $1,595 Suzanne Tynan Teacher
Changing Perspectives Program Help students and staff recognize their own challenges and help to promote understanding, respect, and acceptance of all people. Meadows $4,500 Heather Tuttle Teacher
Club Harmony Inclusion Club at Mira Costa to foster diversity awareness and acceptance. MCHS $2,000 Nisha Chatwani Student
Dream School Unify all stakeholders at MCHS (students, teachers, administrators, and parents) to work towards an improved, more ideal version of Costa. MCHS $2,500 Kelly Cunningham Teacher/
EMPact iGeneration Bring together local area high schoolers to brainstorm, discuss and share cultural inclusivity issues. MCHS + Comm $1,000 Kristi Knowles Parent
Girls Who Wear Create​ ​wearable​ ​technology​ to​ ​encourage​ ​girls​ ​to​ ​pursue​ ​computer​ ​science. MCHS $1,850 Aaron Braskin Teacher/
Kutoa Kinder Inform students about global issues affecting children and adults across the world. Grand View $176 Dina Moll Teacher
Link Crew at MCHS Foster a welcoming environment for freshman students. MCHS $5,000 Maddie Hutchinson Teacher/
MCHS Freshman Bridge Bridging incoming freshman with a focus on students of color. MCHS $2,550 Shalyn Tharayil Counselors
Mix It Up at Lunch Expand social circles to challenge preconceived opinions and attitudes. Grand View $1,500 Laura Hoyos Kainsinger Parent
MSU Multi-Cultural Scholars Union to support diversity lessons for all students. MBMS $2,000 Katelyn Quach Teacher/
Second Step Social Emotional Learning Build social equity and awareness tools to problem solve and recognize, report and refuse bullying in their communities. Pacific $657 Emily Brunnick Teacher
World Peace Game Students collaborate and problem solve in a team setting. Meadows $2,900 Crista Riccio Teacher
Total Funding $28,228