Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Grants

The Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Grants Council (formerly known as the University Forum)promotes a sense of community, facilitates communication and cooperation among diverse constituencies of the University community, and collaborates in support of the University mission, values statement, and strategic plan with special emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and emergent issues of community importance. This is accomplished through a competitive request for proposal process facilitated annually by a dedicated and engaged group of faculty, staff, and students with support from the Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI). The Council invites grant applications for programs and activities that enhance the WCU campus climate for students, staff, and faculty through scholarship, programming, creative and collaborative activities, teaching, learning, and other aspects of campus community development.

As in years past, the Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Grants Council welcomes program and research proposals that promote our understanding of race/color/ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, immigration and/or international topics, veterans, people with disabilities, health and mental health disparities, non-traditional students, and projects that address educational and opportunity gaps for students, faculty, and staff/administrators.

Fiscal Year 2020-2021 RFP Application Process

RFP Applications are open.  The proposal deadline for AY 2021-2022 is 4:30 PM on Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Beginning December 14, 2020, the Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Grants Council will begin accepting proposal applications from campus community members for programs during Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.  Funding will be focused on programs that support WCU Strategic Plan goals, capacity-building goals, and/or ODEI strategic initiative goals as described within the RFP Guidelines.  Programs shall be categorized as follows:

  • Campus Climate
  • Training and Education
  • Recruitment and/or Retention
  • Professional Engagement
  • Student Engagement
  • Faculty and/or Staff Research and Scholarship

RFP Applications are Accepted Online

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants are strongly encouraged to download and carefully review the RFP Guidelines below.  To maximize the ease of proposal submission, the Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Grants Council strongly encourages all applicants to initially write their proposal as a Microsoft Word document (Font size 11, Times New Roman) - then cut and paste the proposal components into the RFP application form

RFP Assistance and Development Resources

  • Download the RFP Guidelines
  • Open Sessions for questions and guidance will be offered on the following dates:
    • Monday, February 15, 2021 at 11:00 am
    • Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:00 am
    • Friday, February 26, 2021 at 11:00 am
  • Please RSVP for an open session


For more information, please email either Dr. Wan-Yi Chen or Hiram Martinez or call 610-436-2433.

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