Student Grants for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Under Belonging at Yale, the Office of the Secretary and Vice President for University Life invites applications for Student Grants for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.  All Yale students and registered student organizations may apply for funding for a program, event, or speaker that promotes a sense of belonging and community at Yale by:

  • educating about challenges to inclusion on our campus and in society;
  • facilitating the exchange of viewpoints across ideological, political, or other differences; and/or
  • celebrating examples of excellence and achievement.

Grants will generally be no greater than $1500. Preference will be given to proposals that present multiple points of view, and to collaborations among two or more student organizations.  Applications are received in four open periods throughout the year. 

The proposed budget and other supporting materials should be as accurate as possible.  Additional guidelines, including the requirement for a brief final report, will be provided to approved grantees.

Review of the applications will be led by Kimberly Goff-Crews, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life.

The Grants for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging are an initiative of Belonging at Yale in partnership with the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, which offer similar grants for academic initiatives

Examples of funded projects

  • The Fempire Conference focuses on the role business can and should play in advocating for women’s health and equity. Their goal is to create long-lasting discussions of feminism and business at the Yale School of Management by bringing together a community of students across the university passionate about challenging the status quo in gender parity across disciplines. 
  • The Southeast Asian Photo Exhibit aims to highlight, through photography, the unique collective experiences that Southeast Asians face while providing an avenue of self-expression to this traditionally underrepresented group. 
  • Tandem Language Café at Yale enhances traditional language learning by matching people who wish to practice each other’s native language through conversation.  The program’s one-on-one partnerships and community-wide events bring together diverse members of the Yale community and break down barriers among students, staff, faculty, and New Haven residents.
  • Trans @ Yale and the New Haven Pride Center will organize monthly lunches for trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people from the Yale and New Haven communities.  Connections with the local trans community will prepare students for trans life outside of Yale, and form networks of support and activism.
  • American Sign Language interpretation for Rock, Egg, Spoon, a play by Yale School of Drama student Noah Diaz, centers around Deaf characters in an exploration of privilege and access.  Providing ASL interpretation expands the reach of this YSD production by making it accessible to Deaf and hard-of-hearing community members.

For additional information, contact:

Blake Thorkelson, Program Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion