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Jenny L.

April 05, 2018

Hi Diana!

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below

I am so excited about the issue you are addressing – and the interesting, targeted approach you are taking to help build the skills necessary for success in populations who are particularly underrepresented in the data sciences. You have a clear rationale for the activities you are asking Peace First to support and have identified a series of outputs that tie into the overall goals of your initiative. Your plan shows particularly profound compassion and empathy as you strive to deepen your understanding of the experiences of the students you are working with. I wondered whether you also have underrepresented students helping to design and lead the project?

Things to consider:
For me, one of the strongest elements of your project is your plan to put together guidance – building on your research – that you can share with Schools so that different techniques you uncover can be built into teaching methods more widely across your university. I was curious whether you already have relationships with members of the CTL or EI and how you are getting buy in from instructors and faculty members?
You might also want to consider whether there are groups of students like yours working on (or who might be interested in learning about) this issue in universities across the US. Sharing your research and building alliances across a network of universities could strengthen your project and impact in the long-term, as well as helping to build credibility with faculty at UC Berkeley.

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!
PeaceFirst A.

March 26, 2018

Hi Diana,

We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for a mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan:

Then, through your dashboard, you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to supporting your project!

Fish S.

March 06, 2018

Hi Diana! I agree with all that Raul has said -- just wanted to hop in and say I'm really excited about the work you're doing, and I have some experience designing peer-to-peer programs -- let me know if I can be helpful! :)
RaulPF C.

March 06, 2018

Hi Diana!
Thanks so much for posting this project. I love what you are working on. I am really passionate about using data and about helping others see the power of using data in ways that can support their work.

As part of the Peace First project-making process, we give formal feedback on your compassionate insight. Once your insight is all set, then you can move forward with your mini-grant application if you need funds to help move your idea into action!

I want to give you feedback on your insight:
"To solve this injustice of
low numbers of underrepresented minority students and women in data science and research
we will address
the lack of spaces provided to underrepresented minority students and women on research
teaching a quantitative and qualitative research methods course where students can have support and validation in developing their own research projects"

I think your insight is really strong. You really show that you want to address a very specific root cause of the injustice that you have identified and you have a clear idea of the solution you want to use to address this injustice.

I would love to learn more about what stage your project is at and what areas are you hoping to get the most support with. If you haven't, maybe have a look at our toolkit to give you ideas to share your plan like including SMART Goals, identifying indicators and steps to follow and other areas that may help you make your project even stronger. You can find it at

I look forward to hearing more!