Uh-oh, I’ve got mail. (Hint: LESBIAN RESEARCH)

Now, if THAT doesn’t get your attention.

Here’s a piece of mail from UNC-CH administration that — somehow — made it into our inbox:

From: Kaplan, Roger Jay <kaplan@unc.edu>
Sent: Monday, May 1, 2017 5:44 PM
To: Provost’s Committee On LGBTQ Life
Subject: Summer Grants for Students


Please share widely on your listserves!

The Provost’s Committee on LGBTQ Life has a limited amount of funding to help support UNC-Chapel Hill students with LGBTQ-related research and/or internship activities this summer (2017). To be eligible, a student must be currently enrolled (both spring and fall 2017), show evidence of the project/internship to be carried out in the summer, and be willing to participate in a fall event designed to showcase the summer experiences. Funds will be awarded in early June.  Undergraduate, graduate and professional students are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit a one-page (maximum) statement with a brief biography and a detailed description of the research project or internship you are requesting funding for. Be sure to include an explanation of how your project/internship is LGBTQ-related. 

Submit your application statement by e-mail to Roger Kaplan at kaplan@unc.edu. The application deadline is Friday, June 2.


Roger Jay Kaplan, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Curriculum and Degree Audit

Office of the University Registrar

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Campus Box 2100

SASB North Room 3112

Chapel Hill, NC  27599-2100

Phone:  919-962-0981

Fax:  919-962-3349


Oh, this produces many, many questions for us here at Haymaker HQ.  How would one quantify and /or qualify “LGBTQ-related research”?

What exactly IS a “professional student”?  (Someone who is STILL there after most of their peers have graduated in a four year period?) 

How would one determine whether Student X’s project is THE most outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and / or queer project or activity and is worthy of being awarded the very non-specific amount of “funds” cited in Mr. Kaplan’s email?

Is there REALLY a “Provosts’s committee on LGBTQ Life”?  Where does it get its funding?  What does it DO to justify its funding?

Are said “funds” taxpayer-supplied funds?  Did they come from the university’s general fund or from the budget of some other government agency?

Inquiring minds want to know.  (Also, is the Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence eligible to apply?)