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Utah State University Diversity Council

Diversity Council Grant Awards

The Diversity Council Grant Awards program exists to support initiatives across the Utah State University system that align with the goals and objectives of the Utah State University Diversity Council, while supporting the institutional mission as a whole. The funds are designed to support both one-time programming and events, as well as long-term projects, which promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

The one-time and long-term grant awards have separate timelines and requirements. To find out more about each, please click on the one that best meets your needs.



All USU faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply for a Diversity Council Grant Award. Applicants must be currently enrolled or employed at Utah State University. Student organizations wishing to submit a proposal must be officially recognized by USU/SA or an academic unit. Proposals may include partnerships with other university or community groups committed to diversity and inclusion.


One time grants are available throughout the year. The Diversity Council meets every third Thursday of the month; one time applications should be submitted one month and three days prior to the meeting where you hope to gain approval for funds (e.g. if you need funds in March or early April, it is best to turn the application in three days before the Council’s February meeting). The Diversity Council’s meeting schedule is available in the events calendar on the left navigation menu.

Long term grants are available in the spring semester of each academic year for projects starting the summer/fall of the next academic year. Applications are typically released in February, and are typically due in March. Award notification will occur by early June, and funds are available July 1, unless otherwise specified.

Previous and Current Grant Awards

Diverse Dialogues: Conversations Across Cache Valley 2012 - 2013

The Diversity Council provided funding for a series of short radio pieces documenting the experiences of latin@ high school students in Cache Valley, the work of faculty with diverse backgrounds, and the works of faculty/staff who engage with diversity issues on campus.

Utah State University Afro-Brazilian Percussion Ensemble 2012

The Diversity Council provided funding to bring renowned Brazilian percussionist, Marcus Santos, to USU for a one-week residency to work with Dr. Jason Nicholson on the formation of an Afro-Brazilian percussion ensemble at USU.

FUSION THEATRE PROJECT: How to Make a Rope Swing 2011 – 2013

The Diversity Council provided funding for the development, writing, and public performance of a “social theater” project exploring race and history in America, using professional guest artists and student collaborators.

Society for Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences 2013 – 2015

The Diversity Council provided funding for the formation and support of a Utah State University chapter of the Society for Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences. Support includes funding for underrepresented students to join and play an integral role in advancing the chapter, as well as recruitment to the chapter and to the sciences for underrepresented populations.

Utah State University Symposium on Inclusive Excellence 2013

The Diversity Council was the first contributor to the Utah State University Symposium on Inclusive Excellence, USU’s first ever system-wide conference on issues of inclusion. More than 200 attendees participated in over 15 workshops, research presentations, and keynote addresses.

Black Student Union Presents A Night of Soul 2014

The Diversity Council funded the travel and lodging for two of the founders of Utah State University’s Black Student Union to return to Logan and speak to current members and supporters of the BSU.