• Matador Statue



Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost in conjunction with the President’s Commission on Diversity & Inclusion


CSUN’s commitment to justice and the imperative of establishing a thriving anti-racist academic community is of the utmost importance as we move forward in our efforts to operationalize inclusive excellence. Inclusive excellence in the broadest terms advances our mission by recognizing that CSUN’s success is dependent on how well it values, engages, includes, and serves the rich diversity of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni constituents.

Equity, racial and social justice, inclusivity, and belonging are essential values to CSUN’s continued and future success as we share the responsibility to educate for civic engagement, serve our community, and ensure that our students realize their educational goals. CSUN is committed to ensuring that the university community is part of the solution to the challenges that we face as a nation, in our communities, and in higher education to enact educational equity and embed anti-racism in our structures, policies, programs, and practices. The President’s Cabinet has established priority focus areas to consider for AY 2021-2022 with the desired outcomes of amplifying our impact and accelerating this critical work.


Equity-minded actions that amplify institutional impact in the following areas:

  • Advancing a Culture of Inclusive Excellence
  • Closing Student Equity Gaps
  • Equity in Hiring Practices
  • Equity Centered Student Success: belonging, retention and graduation rates


The Diversity & Equity Innovation Grant (DEIG) was established to support educational projects, scholarly research, creative activities and other programmatic initiatives that promote diversity, equity and inclusion, anti-racism and social justice for the benefit of the CSUN community. The Grant is administered by the President’s Cabinet in collaboration with the President’s Commission on Diversity & Inclusion. The Commission establishes the operating guidelines for the use of the monies awarded, develops procedures for implementing the guidelines, and selects grant recipients. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides administrative oversight to support the Diversity & Equity Innovation Grant.


Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis and proposals will be selected based on such criteria as relevance to grant objectives, impact on the CSUN community, dissemination and assessment of results, and potential for successful continuation past the grant period. Proposals should be written in plain language without technical jargon and include a literature review where appropriate. Please note that projects with potential for broad institutional impact will be given special consideration, and sustainable and replicable projects are particularly encouraged. All submissions are considered part of the application process and become the property of the Diversity & Equity Innovation Grant.

Examples of proposals may include the following:

  • Programs that support members of diverse populations in academic disciplines in which they are traditionally underrepresented.
  • Scholarly research which integrates results of innovative studies and research projects on underrepresented groups into courses throughout curricula.
  • Seminars or workshops on topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
  • Creative endeavors such as exhibits or performances that illustrate aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice.
  • Programs/projects which integrate research about underrepresented groups into the general curriculum.
  • Programs/projects to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.


Funding Requests of all sizes are encouraged and will be considered. However, most awards will fall between $5,000 and $50,000.

The Grant can provide funding for student workers to assist with research, outside speakers or performers, printing costs and materials and the like.

Reassigned time and summer salary are not covered. Stipends for faculty and staff may/will be considered. The grant may be used to provide payments to students for participation, however any such payment must be processed through the Office of Financial Aid. The grant may be used to fund student employees’ salary, however any student employment must be processed through the Office of Human Resources. Minimum wage guidelines for student employment must be complied with.

The Grant cannot provide funding to cover food or refreshment expenses associated with these activities.

The Grant does not cover such items as travel, office furniture, living and/or childcare expenses, laptops, computers, phones and/or other electronic equipment.

Requests that are for recurring funding will be considered as pilot programs. The Commission will reassess annually based on outcomes contained in the Final Report.


All current members of the CSUN community (full and part time faculty, staff (including current auxiliary employees and students) may apply for grants. Proposals with matching funds will be considered, and supplementing this grant is strongly encouraged.



Please email your DEIG Proposal to as one PDF file or Word document. Proposals must contain all of the following:

  1. A single-page DEIG Proposal Cover Sheet including a unique project title (please do not title your project ‘DEIG Grant’), names of all contributors, Unit or Division and contact information. Proposal cover sheet must be signed by the appropriate Dean or Vice President.
  2. A four-page (maximum), double-spaced 12 pt. font - 1 inch margins DEIG Proposal containing the following information:
    • Executive Summary;
    • Description of the project’s implementation plan and timeline, discussing how you envision this project being carried out from beginning to end;
    • Description of project’s dissemination and assessment;
    • Explanation of the project’s purpose and identification of its target audience;
    • Discussion of the project’s expected outcomes and impact on students and/or the campus community, and potential for successful continuation past the grant period;
    • Discussion of the anticipated benefits to underrepresented populations as it relates to the fulfillment of the Fund’s purpose;
    • A detailed line-item budget outlining the use of the funds;
    • Please check with the Office of Budget, Planning and Management if you have questions concerning appropriate expenditures for tax-levy monies.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your DEIG Proposal. If you do not receive this email, please call Azam Awan at 818-677-2300 or email at .