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Project Grant Proposal

The Office of Diversity seeks to fund projects designed to advance our mission of creating a diverse and inclusive environment conducive to educating, enhancing, and enriching lives.

Projects may include supplementing starting salaries, sponsoring speakers/performers, or providing meals for a student group. All projects may be funded, but the emphasis will be on projects that impact (directly or indirectly) one of the diversity core areas (DCAs) described below.

If your project meets these criteria, we encourage you to submit a proposal. To increase the likelihood that your proposal will be funded, please ensure that you follow the guidelines presented below.

Proposal Components

All proposals must include the following components:

checkboxCover page

Please make sure your cover page includes the following:
  • Project title
  • Purpose
  • Requestor name, title, department
  • Estimated timeframe (or time period, if ongoing)
  • Amount of funding requested (include whether additional funding is being sought or received and source and amount of additional funding, if applicable)

checkboxContributions to Diversity

In one page, discuss purpose and need for the grant; describe how grant will be used to support at least one diversity core areas.
  • Institutional diversity infrastructure
  • Structural diversity, equity, and success
  • Search process
  • Diversity awareness, recognition, and appreciation
  • Institutional accountability
  • Course curriculum

Proposals will be evaluated based on contributions to DCAs and funding requested. The Office of Diversity will review and respond to requests within 5 days after receipt of proposal. Requestors of all funded proposals will be required to submit a project summary detailing anticipated versus delivered project outcomes (within 30 days of project completion). 

Diversity Core Area Definitions

Institutional Diversity Infrastructure

Projects that fall under this category assist with defining institutional priorities regarding diversity and inclusion; provide opportunity for interaction and “free” expression; and may relate to establishing major programming for the University. Examples of activities that fall under this category include conducting climate surveys, establishing advisory councils or affinity groups or other long-term, permanent structural programs.

Structural Diversity, Equity, and Success

Projects that fall under this category address recruitment, retention, and mobility of underrepresented faculty and staff. May also include programs/projects designed to ensure that minority students are on par with majority students in terms of recruitment, retention, and graduation rates.

Search Process

Projects that fall under this category ensure fairness and consistency in institutional recruitment and selection processes and procedures and/or ensure diverse applicant pools for posted positions.

Diversity Awareness, Recognition, and Appreciation

Projects that fall under this category are designed to increase diversity awareness and cultural competence of campus groups, including administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Projects in this category are also designed to bridge the gap between the university and the community and/or motivate constituent groups to perform at a higher or different level. Examples in this category include sponsoring speakers and other presenters for lectures, concerts, etc.

Institutional Accountability Systems

Projects that fall under this category are designed to monitor institutional performance in selection processes.

Diversity Curriculum

Projects in this category are designed to ensure that students have a broad understanding and education of diversity and the impact of diversity on their personal and professional lives. Examples may include support to participate in professional development and/or pedagogy workshops or other training designed to help infuse diversity and inclusion into the curriculum.