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 student, faculty, or staff member. 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.
- How will the proposal increase the awareness of race, racism, and/or, racial injustice impact on society (and the design field)?
- How will the proposal contribute to a culture of anti-racism at the GSD?
- Demonstrate a clear plan of implementation that includes a detailed timeline, intended outcomes and itemized budget
- Identify the level of the funding request (e.g. individual, departmental, and/or institutional)
- Events must be widely publicized and open to the entire GSD community
- Funded initiatives must conclude within six months of being granted
- The Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Fund will not allocate funding toward any of the following costs:
- 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:
- Promoting student access to academic and professional growth opportunities through sponsorship to conferences (e.g. NOMA)
- 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
- 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 (Friday, Oct 2) Monday, Oct 26 February (Friday, Feb 5) Monday, March 1