Promoting Diversity Grant
ALL members of the campus community are encouraged to submit applications to fund their diversity-related projects.
Apply Now! Applications
for Fall 2013 projects are due September 20, 2013
Awards recipients for fiscal
year 2013 projects have been selected.
Deadlines for Fall 2013 and Spring
For projects occurring during Fall 2013:
- Deadline 1: April 19, 2013
- Deadline 2: September 20, 2013 (Maximum possible grant award is $10,000)
For projects occurring during Spring 2014:
- Deadline 1: November 1, 2013 (Maximum possible grant award is $5,000)
- Deadline 2: February 14, 2014 (Maximum possible grant award is $5,000)
About the Grant
The Promoting Diversity Grant is designed to promote, support, and encourage new and collaborative diversity and social justice efforts that directly benefit undergraduate students,
including but not limited to programs, projects, workshops, series, events, and
other creative initiatives.
- Grants of up to $5,000* are awarded four times during the fiscal year: twice
during the Fall semester and twice during the Spring semester. There are two application periods during both the Fall and Spring semesters
- Grants are available to campus departments, offices, and officially recognized student organizations
- All grant recipients will be required to submit the results of their project's assessments to the grant committee to gauge the impact of their program/project
- Assessments are due 30 days from the date of the project's completion
- Applications are judged based upon a scoring rubric3
* Applicants may potentially be awarded more than $5,000 during a given
cycle. Any remaining funds from one application and disbursement cycle are
rolled into the next application and disbursement cycle but only if both cycles
occur within the same fiscal year. Funds remaining after the fiscal year are NOT
rolled over to the next fiscal year.
Projects that receive grant funding must meet the following criteria:
- Relates to diversity or social justice1
- Fills a campus
need or educational gap
- Specifies learning goals2
- Conducts assessments to gauge effectiveness of program/project2
- Directly benefits undergraduate students
- The submitted application contains all required materials and information
Project developers are encouraged to create projects that have the following characteristics:
- Highly collaborative
- Innovative or pioneering
Projects that include any of the below elements are not eligible for funding:
- Funds that go to individual students to address personal financial need,
including student travel to conferences
- Projects that support a candidate for political office or ballot question
- Projects that charge admission to BSU undergraduate students
- Projects that include fundraising of any kind during the event
- Funds that pay honoraria to BSU faculty or staff
- Projects or programs that are off-campus
- The grant will fund projects that offer gifts or prizes to participants, but the monies from the grant may not go towards those expenses
- A project that has any expenses that violate federal, state, or local law, or BSU policies
Note: Grant recipients who fail to submit their project assessment results by the deadline
are ineligible to receive funding from the Promoting Diversity Grant for one
The grant committee strongly encourages applicants to be familiar with the following:
1. The committee's working
definitions of diversity and social justice, collaboration vs. cooperation, and intersectionality
Resources are available to help applicants write learning outcomes and assessments, potential assistance with writing outcomes and assessments from the
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is available to assist with developing learning outcomes and assessments
3. The committee's
scoring rubric --the tool used to determine which projects will be grant funded
Promoting Diversity Grant Award Recipients FY2013
Susan McCombe for "And Still
- $2800 to John Paganelli for "Job Fair with Out for Work"
- $3012.50 to Louise Badiane for "Africa Awareness Week"
- $300 to Kimberly Davis for "Long Distance Revolutionary Film
Screening: A Journey with Mumia Abu-Jamal"
Before he was convicted of murdering a policeman in 1981 and sentenced to
die, Mumia Abu-Jamal was a gifted journalist and brilliant writer. Now after
more than 30 years in prison and despite attempts to silence him, Mumia is
not only still alive but continuing to report, educate, provoke and inspire.
Stephen Vittoria's new feature documentary is an inspiring portrait of a man
whom many consider America's most famous political prisoner - a man whose
existence tests our beliefs about freedom of expression. This riveting film
explores Mumia's life before, during, and after Death Row - revealing, in
the words of Angela Davis, "the most eloquent and most powerful opponent of
the death penalty in the world . . . the 21st Century Frederick Douglass."
- $11,200 to Diana
Fox for "Water Crisis! Toward Global Sustainability?"
Michelle Paradiso for
Spring 2013 Committee Members - Please contact the chair of the committee with
any questions, comments, or concerns.
Last Modified: May 1, 2013