Diversity Funds

Diversity Funds are awarded by the GPSS Diversity 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.

Funded Events for Winter 2019



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

Application Process

The Diversity Committee will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until further notice. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be processed.  To apply, please submit the materials listed below:

  • Fill out the 2023-24 Diversity Funds Form found here 
  • Create a completed budget. An example can be found here. Email the completed budget to gpssvpei@uw.edu and saofunds@uw.edu
  • Once these forms are filled out and submitted, schedule a time to present to Diversity Committee by emailing gpssvpei@uw.edu. Diversity Committee meets every other Monday from 12:00-1:00pm. For meeting location or Zoom link, please email Matthew Moran at gpssvpei@uw.edu

Detailed submission instructions are provided in the Diversity Funds Application as well. For an application to be considered complete, the Diversity Funds Form must be submitted, and a completed budget must be submitted via email to gpssvpei@uw.edu. It is highly recommended you consult with your RSO Advisor if you plan on submitting an application.

The 2023-24 form can be found here.

If you have any questions or concerns, especially issues accessing the Microsoft Form, please email Matthew Moran, GPSS Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at gpssvpei@uw.edu.

Funding Policies

A maximum of $500 is available for a single event. Application procedures remain the same to participate. 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 Diversity 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 Diversity Committee agrees in advance.
  • The Diversity Committee reserves the right to ask recipients for information about their event after its completion.