IDEA Grants

As Chief Diversity Officer, I embrace my role in guiding and leading diversity initiatives; however, this work is larger than one person or office. We offer a way to work together across campus to advance these efforts. 

IDEA Grants: IDEA is an acronym for Innovative Diversity Efforts Awards. Grants will be fully funded based on project need. At least three projects will be selected per year. Faculty, staff, students, and organizations across campus are eligible to apply for the grants. Grant awards will depend upon the scope and breadth of the project, but will typically range from $500–$1,500. Funded projects must begin within 90 days of award notification. Upon project completion, awardees must submit a summary report evaluating the project’s outcomes, including project benefits and recommended improvements. This   report is to be submitted to the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity within 60 days of the project’s conclusion. The disbursement of funds will occur in phases, depending on the nature of the proposal. However, in all cases, a portion of the grant will be withheld until the submission of the evaluation report. Applicants will be notified within 45 days following the application deadline regarding the funding decisions. The deadline for proposals is October 26, 2015 by 2:00 pm. The application may be emailed to or brought by the office directly.

2015-16  IDEA Grant Application (pdf)

NEW! Check out one IDEA grant at work! Virtual Conversation Partners Program (VCPP) website launched!