Diversity & Equity Grants

The Diversity & Equity Grant Committee invites HSU students, HSU student organizations, HSU staff, HSU faculty, and HSU underrepresented faculty to submit proposals for programs offered on campus to the university community that raise awareness, deepen understanding, and/or engage the campus community in dialogue about one or more of the multiple dimensions of diversity and equity. Such dimensions of diversity may include – but are not limited to – culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ability. Proposals intended to increase the participation and retention of historically underrepresented students, staff, and faculty in the campus community will be prioritzed.  

Allocations for HSU Diversity & Equity Awards typically will be awarded as follows:

1) Diverse faculty (Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs): 5 awards each at $5,000 (Programs and/or Research)

2) Staff: 3 awards each at $5,000

3) Students: 5 awards each at $1,000

Program expenses typically funded include speaker fees, travel for visiting speakers, event publicity and marketing, various expenses associated with individual activities/programs (from facility rental to printing event handouts), and many, many more. For a list of expenses/activities that the committee cannot fund, please visit the Guidelines page.


In order to allow this grant fund to support new and innovative diversity & equity programs for the HSU campus, programs that are offered on an annual/ongoing basis are not eligible for HSU Diversity & Equity Grants. Specifically, events are eligible for a maximum of three cycles of funding from HSU Diversity Program Awards. After that, program organizers are encouraged to seek permanent funding of the event from relevant campus (or off-campus) sources. Please feel free to consult the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for advice about how to seek such ongoing funding for your event.

Examples of annual events that were once funded by Diversity & Equity Grants, but have now become integral parts of our campus culture and are thus funded by relevant administrative units include: The Campus Dialogue on Race, International Education Week, the Annual Q-Fest, the Social Justice Summit, and many others.