Recognizing that the design fields have a cultural obligation to address injustice and discrimination, the Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Fund exists to raise awareness of how race, racism, and racial injustice affect society (with a focus on the design fields) and promote a culture of anti-racism at the GSD. The fund supports strategies that work at the individual, departmental, and/or institutional level.


Any current GSD faculty, researcher, staff or student. Preference will be given to proposals that: (1) strengthen the effectiveness of a GSD course, event, program or policy service, policy, or procedure that promotes a culture of anti-racism; or (2) enable the GSD to more effectively commit to the recruitment and retention of people of color within its community.


  1. How will the proposal increase the awareness of race, racism, and/or, racial injustice impact on society (and the design field)?
  2. How will the proposal contribute to a culture of anti-racism at the GSD?
  3. Demonstrate a clear plan of implementation that includes a detailed timeline, intended outcomes and itemized budget
  4. Identify the level of the funding request (e.g. individual, departmental, and/or institutional)
  5. Events must be widely publicized and open to the entire GSD community
  6. Funded initiatives must conclude within six months of being granted
  7. The Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Fund will not allocate funding toward any of the following costs:
    • Alcohol
    • Costs associated with items sold as fundraisers
    • Travel outside the United States
    • Groceries, catering, or other food expenses
    • Payment for student organizers or for faculty time
    • Any cost believed to be inconsistent with the mission of the Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Fund

Examples of requests that Fund would support include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Promoting student access to academic and professional growth opportunities through sponsorship to conferences (e.g. NOMA)
  2. Increasing the inclusion of BIPOC guest speakers in a course or for a community talk by supporting the speaker’s travel, accommodation, and/or honorarium
  3. Advancing the cultivation of a diverse student body by assisting with the cost of faculty and/or student travel and accommodations for recruitment talks to minority serving institutions (i.e. Historically Black Colleges and Universities)

Proposal Process and Deadlines

  • Proposals can be submitted once classes begin
  • Proposal should be submitted through Qualtrics and include adherence to the fund’s criteria, as listed above (preview of the application can be found here)
  • Proposals will be reviewed by a committee before funding is awarded (the review committee will be determined by the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in consultation with the Executive Dean)
  • Grant amounts will be awarded based on multiple variables: the request, mission alignment, scope of reach, impact of the proposal, and other requests being considered for that round of funding
  • Two submission deadlines each academic year:
Deadline Notification
October (Monday, Oct 18) Monday, Nov 1
February (Friday, Feb 4) Monday, Feb 28