DePaul University Academic Affairs > Academic Diversity > Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Grants
The Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion requests proposals for the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Grants at DePaul (DIIG@DePaul) Program. This program was developed in 2019 by Ruben Parra, Interim Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and is being continued for the 2020-21 academic year. The overall goal of this funding opportunity is to leverage the talents, passion, wisdom, and expertise of our diverse faculty to help DePaul University become the most welcoming and inclusive campus environment it can be. Accordingly, the DIIG@DePaul Program aims at empowering faculty to become active and engaging advocates for diversity in order to create a university community where all individuals feel truly appreciated and where their contributions are seriously considered and respected. Under the leadership of our President, Gabriel Esteban, and as stated in part 2 of the University Grounded in Mission strategic plan
“We will nurture an inclusive and welcoming community in which every member is empowered to express themselves fully and supported to realize their full potential… to improve their sense of belonging and their overall experience at DePaul."
To date, 20 awards have been made through this program. A list of awarded grants can be found here.
The primary purpose of the DIIG@DePaul is to encourage faculty to develop and implement initiatives that can help DePaul University realize in tangible ways the Grounded in Mission Strategic Priority 2:
Ensure a welcoming, engaging, diverse, and inclusive campus environment.
Accordingly, the DIIG@DePaul will fund projects that encourage our faculty to be actively or collectively involved in developing or implementing initiatives that can further support and advance DePaul University's academic mission and commitment for building a diverse and inclusive campus.
Applicants should download the application form and send the completed form via email to
DIIG@depaul.edu. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed on the second week of every month during the academic year, until the available funds are exhausted. Also, award recipients must submit a report on the outcomes of the grant initiative by no later than June 30th of the fiscal year the award was granted.
The DIIG@DePaul Program will provide support of up to $2,000 per grant. Because we would like to fund as many initiative grants as possible across the university, we urge applicants to request the minimal amount of funds absolutely necessary for the successful outcomes of their initiatives. Additionally, applicants must limit their funding request for services or expendable materials that are not ordinarily provided by a department, college, or school unit or administrative office. In general, permitted expenses for DIIG@DePaul grant awards include, but are not limited to costs associated with putting on an event; supplies and materials required for an event or project; foods/refreshments; honoraria; payment for workshop facilitator or for seminar/lecture presenter; and payment for student assistants. We will examine the suitability of the funding request guided by applicable university policies like the University Quality of Instruction Guidelines regarding eligible and ineligible expenses:
We also encourage applicants, whenever necessary, to consider other sources of sponsorship or matching funding from other DePaul University avenues to help complement the funding provided through DIIG@DePaul.
A final report must be submitted by the DIIG@DePaul Grant Principal Awardee no later than June 30th, of the fiscal year the award was granted. Failure to submit the final report will result in the faculty member being ineligible for future funding from the DIIG@DePaul Program. This report should delineate the activities conducted during the grant, describe the achievement of the project initiative outcomes as outlined in the proposal, and list financial expenditures (include copies of all invoices).
Examples of Initiative Projects related to diversity and inclusion goals that the DIIG@DePaul Program will support include but are not limited to: