Student Diversity Grant Opportunities

For a Registered Student Organization (RSO) applying for grants, please request funding from Student Government Finance Division BEFORE applying for Diversity grants. Be advised, application process is complex and deadlines must be met.

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Purpose: The Ferris State University Diversity and Inclusion Office is pleased to announce the opportunity for student teams to apply for a Student Diversity Grant. The purpose of the Student Diversity Grant is to encourage students to design and implement ways to move the University toward becoming a truly diverse institution. Diversity and collaboration are two of Ferris State University’s core values. In order to encourage collaborative work among members of the University community, teams are encouraged to include students from different backgrounds. While all successful applications will emphasize some aspect of diversity, applicants are encouraged to think broadly and creatively about their proposals. The Diversity and Inclusion Office will provide $20,000 each Fiscal Year, for distribution as Student Diversity Grants.

 

Eligibility: Applicants are invited from Ferris students, clubs, and organizations. Proposals must be made up of collaborative teams; no awards will be given to students working alone.

The Award: The amount of the award will vary, depending upon the nature of the project and the impact it will have on University life. Selected proposals will be funded $100 to $2,000.

Selection Process: Applications may be submitted at any time. The Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion will decide which grants will be approved and funded.

Applications will be judged primarily on the soundness of the proposal; the feasibility of completing the activity within the proposed schedule; the degree to which it furthers Ferris’s diversity mission; the collaborations created, and the potential impact on student and University life.

Terms and Conditions: Please list the Diversity and Inclusion Office as a sponsor on publicity materials and submit a summary report to that office within one month of the project’s completion.

 

Proposals should address one or more of the following:

  • Increasing deeper understanding of diversity related issues on Ferris State University campuses.
  • Maintaining, enhancing, or establishing inclusive environments that are conducive to the success of all students at Ferris State University.
  • Implementing strategies for building collaborative diversity efforts at the University.
  • Identifying and implementing approaches to help historically underrepresented groups achieve success at Ferris.

Sample Projects:
Examples of activities that could be funded include:

  • University-wide forums;
  • speakers with diversity themes;
  • film or video series;
  • seminars, workshops, and conferences;
  • public education programs;
  • outreach to elementary and secondary schools;
  • community public services programs;
  • faculty/student collaborations to develop new courses;
  • performances.

 

For more information and application materials, please contact:
Patty Terryn (CSS 312) terrynp@ferris.edu

Ferris State University is committed to transforming into a truly diverse institution. Such a transformation requires moving beyond the "toleration of diversity" approach toward an institutional change that celebrates, supports, and infuses diversity into the University's core. Ferris State University is envisioned as a great institution—a university improved by the exchange of diverse experiences and perspectives. We aspire to be an institution where the quality of education is enhanced and enriched by a diverse campus community. By bringing together people from many different backgrounds, we equip the next generation to engage present and future challenges and opportunities. Ferris State University is envisioned as an institution where all members of the community, including historically underrepresented groups, enjoy campuses that are academically and professionally supportive, respectful, safe, and welcoming.

Student Diversity Grant Application