CU President's Diversity Fund for Development and Support

President's Diversity Funds Selection Committee: 

CU Denver​ Campus Representatives:

Omar Montgomery,

Director of Black Student Services, Center for Identity and Inclusion

Jessica Luna, 

Senior Program Coordinator, TRiO McNair Scholars 

David Burns, 

Undergraduate Student, Biology

Support Staff:

Vicky Saulsberry, 

Office Manager, Office of Inclusion and Outreach

The 2019-2020 President's Diversity Fund ​application forms for Students, Staff, and Faculty on CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campuses are now open.

Event and Professional Development Request/Conference Travel requests must be submitted to the review committee (4) four weeks prior to the event or conference travel. 

The President's Diversity Fund supports both traditional and innovative projects that enhance diversity ("diversity" refers to gender, race, social class, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, religion, and​ Veteran status) within the University of Colorado’s system. Proposals might include requests for:

Exhibits, performances, productions, workshops

Ethnic/cultural celebrations designed to enhance the university community’s knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of various cultures

Travel funds to strengthen strategies for student networking, professional development, and participation at relevant state, regional, or national conferences

Visiting scholars/artists/lecturers​

​Guidelines for Proposals:

The “President’s Diversity Fund Review Committee” will review each request and decide how much funding will be granted ($1,000.00 is the max)

An applicant or organization could receive up to $2,000.00 for the academic year with the understanding that priority will go towards organizations/individuals that have not received any funding in the current application cycle.​

The “President’s Diversity Fund” will only fund an event once through a single funding source. Two separate entities will not be funded for a single event.

Projects will be required to provide evidence (letter) that there is a fiscal contribution from the host campus. 

Evidence that the proposed project(s) will benefit the entire campus will receive priority.

Project(s) must indicate that the group/individual will share information about the event with the campus. There will be an end of the year celebration where awardees will have the opportunity to share their information.

Staff members who are submitting proposals on behalf of students must be employees of CU.

Projects that request funding for group travel will be eligible to receive funding for up to two members of the group. No travel funds will be provided for travel outside the continental U.S.

A written report/summary must be submitted to the Office of Inclusion and Outreach ( within two (2) weeks after the event or travel. Failure to submit this report may be grounds for denying future funding requests.

​The President's Diversity Fund Review Committee includes one Faculty member, one Staff member, one Student member, and one Diversity and Inclusion Representative from each campus. 

Applicants must complete either the "Event Application" Request form or the "Travel Application" Request Form.

For more information please contact Dr. Dominic Martinez.

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