Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Grants

As a full-time staff or faculty member of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), you can apply for a grant of up to $1,000 to further your learning in the areas of diversity, multiculturalism, equity or social justice. These funds are available on an annual basis. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion (190G Coffey Hall) accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the fiscal year. You may submit a proposal anytime as long as all awarded funds are spent by the end of the fiscal year.

The primary purpose of the grants grogram is to complement, build and strengthen staff development related to issues of diversity and inclusion. CFANS defines diversity as the fact of human difference that makes a difference in how we interact with one another, communities, institutions and ourselves (relative to developing and respecting human potential, creating a supportive, nurturing climate and environment and acknowledging legal responsibilities to historical inequalities). Because of circumstances unique to our nation and to our democracy, we pay particular attention to the areas outlined in the University of Minnesota’s equal opportunity statement. Those areas include: race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status and sexual orientation. 

Applicants are asked to think about and describe the level at which learning, growth and change can occur as a result of receiving a grant: personal, interpersonal, institutional and/or cultural. Special consideration will be given to applications that demonstrate a greater impact with a wider audience.

Please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at odicfans@umn.edu with any questions.

Click the following link to find further information about the professional development grants.  Click the links below for grant application materials.