Equity Fund

Dedicated funds for the advancement of cultural engagement and learning for faculty and staff are available for use. These funds are intended to address racial sensitivity and awareness in the decisions and behaviors of our campus community. The funds will be distributed by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.


The criteria for reviewing a proposal will need to comply with state/federal/college policies, the intended goals set by the funding source, and college values. A brief outline of those related policies and intentions are below for reference:


  • Ethics Board Standards for Purchasing & Procurement
  • The college’s current restrictions on fund use. Examples include those during COVID-19 that exclude travel and food expenses.
  • The intent of the funds to advance cultural engagement and learning for faculty and staff.
  • The event must be sponsored by or in collaboration with a minimum of one other organized body that includes but isn’t limited to: departments/divisions/affinity groups/programs/clubs/etc.

Inclusive Content for Funding:

  • Facilitates self-reflection and critical thinking
  • Addresses systemic inequity such as: racism, colonization, ableism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, religious persecution, etc.).
  • Increases representation, expression, or engagement of underrepresented groups.

College Core Values:

  1. Student Success: Focus on the student’s experience to develop and promote support services/programs while growing, diversifying, and shaping our student body.
  2. Teaching & Learning Excellence: Develop an educational community of anti-bias learning that adapts its goals and principles to the specific needs of learners.
  3. College Life & Culture: Create positive learning environments that are safe, supportive, and engaging.
  4. Community Engagement & Enrichment: Partner with (local, regional, state, national, global) communities to enhance the social, economic, and cultural well-being of our campus.

Funding Process

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be responsible for adherence to the requests under $3,000 and will evaluate requests using the guidelines set forth. If funds exceed $3,000, a committee will be formed from various marginalized community members and evaluate the level of impact to justify the expense.

Committee Process:

Applications are subject to review and applicant(s) may be contacted to provide additional information. If a request exceeds the $3,000 amount, please permit 3-4 weeks of advance notice as it will require consultation with an equity committee that will be comprised of various employee and student affinity group members. There will be a minimum of 5 reviewers in a committee and require representation from at least 4 different group/population service providers across campus. These representatives include but not limited to the following affinity based campus services and affinity group members:

  • Associated Student Government (ASG)
  • Cultural and Ethnic Studies (CES)
  • Disability Resource Center (DRC)
  • Employee Affinity Groups
  • International Education
  • Multicultural Services (MCS)
  • Neurodiversity Navigators
  • Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI)
  • Student Program Office
  • Student Affinity Groups
  • Student Clubs
  • TRIO
  • Veterans Program
  • Workforce Education
  • Etc.

Funding Availability and Deadlines:

The availability of funds will be dispersed into smaller quantities by quarter to ensure availability throughout the year and is calculated for each quarter. The deadline will be no later than 11:59PM EST of the date posted below.

  • Fall ($40,000 reserved) Deadline November 10, 2020
  • Winter ($35,000 reserved) Deadline February 23, 2021
  • Spring ($25,000 reserved) Deadline May 25, 2021

Last Updated September 7, 2021