The Equity and Justice Leadership team oversees a variety of funding opportunities for students, staff, and faculty to engage around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Racial Justice and Equity Fellowship

The Racial Justice and Equity Fellowship Program provides grants for research, internships, and community-engagement projects designed to advance scholarship and explore topics relevant to the following: racial justice; inequality; equity; criminal justice reform; intersectional, interracial, and intraracial violence; community-engaged projects; and related areas. Applicants can apply for up to $4,000 to support their research project. Faculty can apply in the fall to support research over the academic year, and students can apply in the spring for funding to support research over the spring semester and summer.


The 2023-2024 fall application for faculty is now closed. The 2024 spring/summer application will open sometime during the spring semester.


Departmental Action Plan Funding

Departments looking to expand their DEI efforts internally can apply for funding to support their efforts. The maximum total funding request for department is $5000.

Funds can be used for the following:

Learning and Implementation

Hiring student interns to help accomplish DEIJ plan goals, engaging external experts to assist the department in increasing their DEIJ capacity, professional development, conference registration and travel, publication purchase.


Incentives for constituencies to participate in research studies, funding for developing and executing a departmental assessment tool(s), travel to conferences to present assessment results, and more.

Planning and Development

Long-term strategic planning, financial and budget systems review, development of a deeper understanding of the effects of programs, and initiatives, etc.

Climate/Community Development

Events and activities that promote welcoming and belonging in your department.


The application for DEI Action Plan funding is now close. Please revisit this page in the Fall 2024 for the next application cycle.