Diversity-in-Action Micro-Grant

As part of the University’s efforts to create an educational and work environment that is inclusive, supportive, and rich in diversity, members of the Michigan Tech community are invited to apply for the Diversity-In-Action Micro-Grant. 

The purpose of this micro-grant is to support proposals from faculty, staff, and students for scholarly, cultural, and artistic events that will have an impact on our mission, curriculum, faculty and staff development, students, and the teaching and learning environment. Grants will support intellectual activities engaging our communities in conversations about diversity, prepare our students for leadership in a diverse world, and increase respect and understanding for differences based on knowledge and shared experiences. 

The Award

The amount of the award will vary, depending on the nature of the project proposed and the number of meritorious applications received with a maximum amount of $5000. These micro-grants are funded and administered by the Tech Forward Diversity and Inclusion initiative team with a total investment of $50,000 per year for five years.

Program Goals

  • To encourage faculty, staff, and students to be actively involved in developing or implementing initiatives and programs that support the University's goals for building a diverse and inclusive campus community;
  • To fund research initiatives and programs that seek innovative approaches to diversity and inclusion
  • To promote the development of initiatives and programs that foster an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes the success of all who visit, work, and study at Michigan Tech
  • Through this program, we hope to generate ideas, foster initiatives, and stimulate educational efforts that are tailored to the needs of Michigan Tech. 

Proposal Requirements

All Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit proposals.  Proposals may specify partnerships with other University units or groups from the community willing to invest in the diversity initiative or program.  Letter(s) of Support are welcome but not required. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the application process. 

Proposal Evaluation

Proposals will be reviewed on the following criteria:

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to write a convincing proposal with supporting arguments and evidence. Please use the accompanying rubric as a guide. There is a 2 page maximum. 
  • The proposed initiative should have a strong conceptual framework that can be identified as strengthening Michigan Tech’s long-term commitment to diversity and inclusion and should outline how the project directly relates to the current Tech Forward Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. The initiative should also be consistent with the mission and core values of Michigan Tech as expressed in the University’s Strategic Plan.
  • The proposed initiative should be clearly defined with easily identified starting and ending points and specific activities.
  • The proposed initiative should have specific goals, and measurable outcomes.
  • The proposed initiative should have a plan for assessing learning.
  • The proposed initiative should have a broad impact upon the University community or target a historically marginalized group at the University. Grant applicants are encouraged to seek broad visibility for the initiative.
  • A final report is required and it will appear on the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force website. That report is due no later than three months after the funded activity is implemented or completed. Failure to submit a final report will disqualify applicants from receiving future Diversity-In-Action Micro-Grants. Reports should include the following information. 
    • Program objectives and impacts: How was the identified need addressed and how effective was the project? 
    • Project evaluation: Describe how the project effectiveness was evaluated. 
    • Sustainability: Will the program continue? Describe plans to continue, extend, or modify this program for the future. 
    • List any publications about this project to the broader community through presentations, articles, press releases or other media coverage and any products created through this project, such as websites, course materials or modules or other items. 

The Tech Forward Diversity and Inclusion Task Force leader will appoint an ad hoc committee consisting of five faculty/staff/student members. The ad hoc committee will bring its recommendations to the Tech Forward Diversity and Inclusion Task Force leader for final approval. Review of applications will continue contingent on available funds. At the committees' discretion, applicants may be asked to participate in a brief interview to better explain their proposal. Members of the ad hoc committee are eligible to apply for the grants but must recuse themselves from the evaluation of their application. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the proposed starting date.



Micro-grants can be used for many purposes, including but not limited to the following:

  • Guest speakers on a diversity topic.
  • Special program(s) intended to increase respect for diversity and individual differences.
  • Projects to enhance and support the recruitment, retention, and development of a diverse full-time faculty and staff.
  • Events that expand the inclusion of issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system and national origin.