Diversity Funds are awarded by the GPSS Equity and Accountability (E&A) Committee and are to supplement programs or events that are related to diversity efforts. Funds should be used to benefit a cross-section of graduate and professional students. Diversity includes, but is not limited to, consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, disability, age, language, religion, and nationality.
Diversity Funds are reserved for a) Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and b) departments working on diversity at UW Seattle. Funding priorities go to events that:
- Are organized, lead, and attended mainly by graduate and professional students
- Have a target audience mainly comprised and to foster the culture of individuals from marginalized communities
- Have a past record of good participation/attendance of graduate and professional students
- Are presumed to benefit graduate and professional students by advancing diversity effort on campus even if it does not fit any of the above criteria
The E&A Committee will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until further notice. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
To apply, please submit the materials listed below (note the multiple sheets in the Planning Worksheet). Detailed submission instructions are provided in the Diversity Funds Application. It is highly recommended you consult with your RSO Advisor if you plan on submitting an application.
If you have any questions or concerns, especially issues accessing the Google Form, please email the GPSS Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A maximum of $500 is available for a single event. 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.
- Allocations approved by the GPSS E&A Committee must be transferable to a University of Washington budget code.
- The GPSS will only receive applications for funding from the Seattle campus.
- Funds may not be used to:
- Support the instructional mission of the University, including the purchase of materials for program operations
- Purchasing gifts, prizes, or making loans
- Purchasing food or beverages
- Subsidizing student travel
- Lobbying to influence legislation or campaigning for a political candidate, initiative, or ballot measure
- Capital purchases
- Off-campus events
- 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 E&A Committee agrees in advance.
- The E&A Committee reserves the right to ask recipients for information about their event after its completion.