Request for Proposals: Racial Justice Workshop

The American Association of University Professors Collective Bargaining Congress (hereinafter the AAUP-CBC”) invites well-qualified professionals (also referred to as “consultant” herein) to submit proposals to conduct a racial justice workshop for the AAUP-CBC leadership. Proposals will be accepted from both individuals and firms, although in the latter case it is expected that the proposal will identify an individual or individuals to work with the AAUP-CBC.

Organization Background

The AAUP-CBC is the umbrella organization for unionized chapters of the American Association of University Professors (“AAUP”). It promotes organizing and collective bargaining among tenure-line and contingent faculty, academic professionals, and graduate employees, and provides support to member chapters as they work to protect shared governance and academic freedom, to uphold professional standards and values, and to promote the quality of American higher education. The Executive Committee of the AAUP-CBC is the leadership board elected by the members of AAUP-CBC chapters. There are ten members of the Executive Committee, all of whom are faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

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Project Objective

The AAUP-CBC, through its leadership, is committed to being an important voice against racism and discrimination. The AAUP-CBC is committed to work against racism by collaborating with its leadership and membership to end the injustice of racism in higher education and the academic profession. The workshop should assist the leadership of the AAUP-CBC enhance its efforts to fight racial injustice in academia and make its work in this regard more visible to AAUP-CBC membership and other academic stakeholders.

Anticipated Scope of Work

The purpose of this RFP is to retain a consultant who will conduct a one-day racial justice workshop at the AAUP-CBC’s meeting of its leadership on Friday, March 24, 2017 in Washington D.C. Specifically, the racial justice workshop should include:

1.       Educating the AAUP-CBC leadership about racial justice principles;

2.       Identifying the role of the AAUP-CBC leadership in making racial justice activities a cornerstone of the AAUP-CBC, and encouraging its leadership to address racial justice issues;

3.       Identifying innovative best practices and strategies for further racial justice training undertaken by the AAUP-CBC and identifying expected impact and outcomes for the AAUP-CBC leadership (if time is available); 

4.       Addressing specific topics such as avoiding stereotyping, the impact of microaggressions, action steps for working on racial justice, tackling workplace harassment, ensuring equality in hiring practices, and an introduction to cultural competence (if time is available).

The final scope of work will be negotiated with the selected individual or firm.


Proposals will be reviewed beginning on February 14, 2017.

Proposal Submission Requirements

To receive consideration, proposals must be submitted as follows:

1.       Proposals should include a cover letter to the attention of AAUP Senior Counsel, Aaron Nisenson, representing the AAUP-CBC. The cover letter must include the name of the proposing individual/firm, the name(s) of any professional(s) proposed to provide direct service for the project, e-mail address, postal address, and telephone and fax numbers.

2.       Proposals should include a narrative that speaks to the qualifications in the Evaluation Criteria outlined below, including a timeline with benchmarks and the number of hours and cost to accomplish the Scope of Work outlined above.

3.       Proposals must clearly outline the responsibilities both of the AAUP-CBC and the selected firm. ALL costs payable by the AAUP-CBC for these services must be clearly defined.

4.       Proposals should include the resume(s) of the professional(s) who will provide direct service for this project.

5.       Emailed proposals must be a single PDF file with electronic signatures as applicable, and sent to If submitting a printed proposal, deliver six (6) copies to Aaron Nisenson, Senior Counsel, on behalf of AAUP-CBC, 1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20036 ATTN: Racial Justice Workshop Proposal.

By submitting a proposal, the consultant authorizes the AAUP-CBC to contact references to evaluate consultant’s qualifications for this project.

Evaluation Criteria

All proposals will be evaluated based on the following key criteria:

  • Performance capability—the extent to which the proposal demonstrates ability to provide the depth and breadth of experience, skills, knowledge and creativity generally required by this project. In particular, experience in leading diversity and racial and social justice workshops and training is vital.
  • Completeness and quality of response—the thoroughness and concern for quality in your response
  • Understanding of and commitment to the Foundation’s mission and strategic objectives
  • Budget
  • Experience with similar membership organizations, preferably in higher education


Please list the organization name, contact person, title, telephone number, and email addresses of three (3) references for similar projects, as well as a brief description of each project. Please also provide one reference from a less-than-satisfied client and a brief description of the project’s outcome.


Top-rated candidates may be invited for an in person or telephone interview.

Contract Award

The AAUP-CBC plans to select and award a contract to the best qualified consultant by February 24, 2017. The selected firm and the AAUP-CBC will then mutually discuss and refine the scope of work for the project and shall negotiate final conditions, compensation and performance schedule for the subsequent contract to be executed.

For More Information

For questions about this RFP, please contact Aaron Nisenson at 202-737-5900, Ext. 3629.

AAUP-CBC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, or other characteristics unrelated to professional performance.