Diversity Funds

DIVERSITY FUNDING IS NOW OPEN!! access the application here

What are Diversity Funds?
Diversity Funds are to supplement programming or events that are related to diversity efforts. Funds should be used to benefit a cross-section of graduate and professional students.

Who Can Apply?
Diversity Funds are reserved for Registered Student Organizations(RSOs) and Departments working on diversity at the UW Campus.  

How To Apply?
RSO’s or Senators representing a given department must submit an application for funding to gpsssec@uw.edu

Click here to access the application

Applications will be reviewed by Diversity Committee and GPSS Secretary.  Applicants may be asked to attend a Diversity Committee meeting; the Committee will then be given the opportunity to ask the authors questions, debate the application, and vote on whether and how much funding will be to be awarded.

Funding Policies:
The GPSS, in consultation with the University has created several funding policies, to govern the use of state funds.

  • Funding may not be allocated retroactively. No reimbursements may be made for costs incurred prior to the approval of funding.       
  • Funds may not be used to support the instructional mission of the University, including the purchase of materials for program operations.       
  • Funds may not be used for purchasing gifts, prizes, or making loans.   
  • Funds may not be used for the purchase of food or beverages.   
  • Funds may not be used to subsidize student travel.   
  • Funds may not be used for lobbying to influence legislation, campaigning for a political candidate, initiative, or ballot measure.   
  • Funds may not be used for capital purchases.   
  • Funds may not be used for off-campus events.   
  • Revenue generated by a GPSS sponsored event should accrue back to the GPSS. Accrual of revenue may be proportional to the GPSS’ share of funding contributions if the GPSS is not the sole funder.
  • Out-of-town guest speakers or performers whose travel costs are subsidized by the GPSS cannot hold additional speaking or performance engagements in the Seattle vicinity during their visit unless the GPSS Diversity Committee agrees in advance.
  • The Diversity Committee reserves the right to ask for information about the event after its completion.

Advertising Regulations:

  • Events funded by the GPSS must be publicized to graduate students.   
  • Events funded by the GPSS must bear the GPSS logo on all promotional items and media (Download the logo here).   
  • Events funded by the GPSS shall be free and open to at least one GPSS representative to attend the event. That representative shall be provided, by the event organizers, an opportunity to speak about the GPSS, its programming, and funding opportunities. In lieu of a GPSS representative speaking at the event, the GPSS may require that an event organizer or RSO representative speaks on GPSS's behalf, indicating that funding was provided to the event by GPSS.
  • Organizers of events funded by GPSS are encouraged to photograph the event and provide those photos to the GPSS Secretary (gpsssec@uw.edu). These photos will be used on the GPSS website as record of events funded by the Diversity Committee.
  • All publicity must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 by including the following notice:

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the disability services office at least ten days in advance at: 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264/F or dso@uw.edu.

Notice of Revocation
Failure to follow any of the above guidelines may result in the denial of funding or the revocation of funding after approval.

Questions About the Process?
Please email the GPSS Secretary Soh Yeun (Elloise) Kim at gpsssec@uw.edu.