Apply to Programs

The deadline to apply to GIRLHOOD RISING is September 6, 2019.

Program Description & FAQsApplication Form


  • 1. Read the Full Program Description and Application.
  • 2. Identify the social injustice that you wish you research, innovate for, and/or bring awareness to. This injustice MUST be one that disproportionality impacts a historically marginalized population.
  • 3. Create an application video. Each video must be at least 3 minutes long and must include the following items. Get Creative...D.R.E.A.M. BIG.
  • 4. Post the video to YouTube. Upload it to your social media page and tag @eduncontained. You will also submit the video file and the YouTube link to eXi. After that...we'll announce the semi-finalists who will move on to schedule a school interview. School interviews will be held May 29 - June 5th. The new cohort will be announced on June 8th.

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eXi Program Requirements

While every eXi program has unique requirements, each program under the equityXinnovation umbrella has core site requirements of administrators, students, and teachers. Prior to submitting an application for one of our programs, be sure to reflect on your learning community to see if this is the perfect time for you to partner with us.

The following requirements are necessary for each of the programs to run effectively and efficiently:

  • Each of our programs is classroom or group-based, therefore, the school must already have a plan for how students will get together in order to complete the program requirements.
  • For GIRLHOOD RISING we desire partnership with school psychologists, special educators, or social workers who are comfortable with group-based interventions.
  • We also welcome partnership with educators in other roles is possible and encouraged. It really does take a village.
  • Administrators must be on board and understand program requirements. In all of our programs, we are encouraging youth leadership. In addition, teachers must be willing to be allies, championing youth-led spaces.
  • Administrators, teachers, and all student group members must be willing to examine the role of social justice and equity in our schools. That is a core component of ALL of our programming.
  • HAVE FUN!!!

Each of our programs is linked to an overall research question which will help us to examine how a program works best and how it can be beneficial to other schools. Partnership with us means that we will be undergoing a Human Subjects Review process that has been cleared by our Institutional Review Board.

While conducting research isn’t the main goal of our partnership, we believe that disseminating effective practices focused on social justice and equity will strengthen the evidence-base used by researchers and practitioners nationally.

For eXi programs that include a grant component, grant funds are retained at Duquesne University. With each successful grant award, partner programs will receive a partner agreement that will outline the guidelines for spending, the item request process, and the terms of the partnership. Depending upon the project, some items will be considered reimbursement-only instead of being purchased directly by Duquesne University.