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The President’s Diversity Mini-Grants 2013


The Global Diversity & Inclusion Office and the Diversity Action Council (DAC) seek to promote a positive campus climate for diversity; support the development of diversity curriculum; enhance communications across race, gender, and other boundaries; and assist in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and administration. The President’s Diversity Scholarship Awards supports diversity activities that address these goals.


Support may be requested for curricular development projects; campus events and programs; or diversity-related research, including but not limited to the evaluation of campus diversity programs. All recipients will participate in a campus forum in May 2012 and will also be acknowledged at the President’s Diversity Awards Celebration in May 2012.


Applicants are invited from all Portland State faculty, staff and departments. THE AWARD The amount of the award will vary, depending on the nature of the project proposed and the number of meritorious applications received. Typically, funds will be awarded in the amount of $500- $1000. Larger amounts may be awarded for projects that exemplify DAC goals to an extraordinary degree.


Applicants must submit a complete application including the following:

Project Summary: Applicants must include a non-technical project summary of no more than 50 words.

Proposal (limited to three double-spaced pages). The proposal should include: the purpose and rationale for the project, the project design and timeframe, evidence of the applicant’s ability to carry out the project, and how the project supports at least one of the following goals:

• Promoting a Positive Campus Climate for Diversity

• Supporting the Development of Diversity Curriculum

• Enhancing Communications Across Race, Gender, and Other Boundaries

• Assisting in the Recruitment and Retention of a Diverse Student Body, Faculty, Staff and Administration

Budget: Award funds may be used for purposes directly related to the diversity activity. All funding must be in accordance with State of Oregon requirements and restrictions. Budgets normally include services and supplies with narrative justifications for each item.

Pending Support: Partnering with another department or unit on campus is a requirement of the successful application. Please state if you are requesting funding for this project from other sources. Be sure to specify the name of the granting agency and the amount you have requested.


Email the complete application to Global Diversity & Inclusion ( and ( by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2013. If you do not receive a confirmation email as receipt of your request by Tuesday February 12, 2013, please contact Global Diversity & Inclusion immediately at 503-725-5919. Funding must be expended by June 30, 2013.


A committee composed of members of the Diversity Action Council will make a recommendation of the proposals to be funded to the Chief Diversity Officer. Proposals will be judged primarily on the soundness of the project design and the rationale for the project; the feasibility of completing the project within the timeframe proposed; the qualifications of the applicant(s); and the relationship of the project to the specified goals of the Diversity Action Council. Winning applicants will be notified by Friday, February 22, 2013.


Grant recipients are required present on their projects at a campus forum in May 2012. The presentation should include a detailed description of project activities and a reflection on how the project supports one or more of the four DAC goals specified in this application. The presentation serves as a final report to Global Diversity & Inclusion and the Diversity Action Council. If research involves the use of human subjects, a copy of the PSU Human Subjects Research Review Committee approval letter needs to be submitted to Global Diversity & Inclusion as soon as it is received by the grant recipient.

Email Global Diversity & Inclusion ( or call 503-725-5919 if you need further assistance or information.

These minigrants are funded by the Diversity Action Council and administered through Global Diversity & Inclusion.