DEI Mini-Grant Information Session - Friday, March 10 at Noon


DEI Mini-Grants

Governors State University (GSU) enthusiastically invites applications for the 2023 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Mini-Grant. In keeping with GSU’s mission, we have dedicated $25,000.00 in institutional grant funding to “demonstrate inclusiveness and diversity to encourage acceptance of wide-ranging perspectives among students, staff, faculty, and members of the broader community” and our institutional commitment to fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) across the GSU community, and the goals and objectives of the Strategy 2025.

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion have created five (5) DEI Mini-Grants up to $5,000.00 to individuals or groups to support efforts by GSU’s faculty, staff, and student organizations that strive to help GSU become a “model for belonging, inclusivity, and equity in a diverse community.” This initiative serves two purposes: (1) provide seed funding to conduct projects, research projects, resource development, programming, and initiatives that focus on advancing equity and inclusion, belonging, and dismantling racism in its many forms, especially as it relates to teaching and learning environment and (2) to support cross-institutional capacity, mentorship, and community-building in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The DEI Mini-Grants align with four (4) main DEI focus areas and support innovative and GSU community-focus efforts in these areas:


Improve recruitment, retention, persistence, completion, and advancement of students from historically underrepresented communities.


Improve the recruitment, retention, and advancement of faculty and staff from historically underrepresented communities


Support inclusive excellence within the formal curriculum and with our co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences.


Engage with our alumni and with local, national, and international communities to encourage the pursuit of inclusive excellence beyond the boundaries of GSU.


January 2023

Preview Announcement

February 14, 2023

Proposals Open

March 10, 2023

Virtual Information Session – time TBD

March 14, 2023

Letter of Intent Due – recommended but not required

May 5, 2023

Proposals Due

September, 2023

Recipients Announced

AY 23/24

Implementation – September 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024