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Student Grants for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life invites applications for Student Grants for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging throughout the academic year.  All Yale University students and 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 on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and/or
  •     celebrating examples of excellence and achievement.

Grants will generally be no greater than $1500.  In spring 2019, applications are due January 28 or March 4, using the form below.  Collaboration among students and student organizations is encouraged.  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.

Applications are considered by a review committee co-chaired by Kimberly Goff-Crews, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, and Stephen Pitti, Founding Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration.

The Student Grants Program is an initiative of Belonging at Yale and is a partnership with the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, which offers similar support for academic initiatives organized by faculty, administrators, and staff.

Examples of funded projects

  • Yale Women in Physics encourages first- and second-year students to consider physics as a career path, supports supporting women currently pursuing physics, and works to retain female and gender minority physics majors by making Yale Physics as inclusive and welcoming as possible.
  • 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, Project Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Andrew Forsyth, Assistant Secretary for Student Life

Applications will open during the fall for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.