The Diversity Council manages a grant competition aimed at advancing campus diversity goals. Grant applications should demonstrate how the project or activity will contribute to this objective. Support is available for curricular development projects; campus events and programs; or diversity-related research. Projects that will have broad campus impact are especially encouraged.

Successful applicants must be willing to share their findings and or learning outcomes with the campus community. Applications are invited from all WSU Vancouver faculty, staff and students.

Recent grants

  • Navaraj Lamichhane, Sujatha Shynne, and Pavithra Narayanan; Fund a cultural event connected with Diwali or Deepavali, also known as Tihar in Nepal, where community members would come together to share an afternoon of an ethnically diverse range of South Asian music, dance, art, food, histories, narratives and more. 
  • Desiree Hellegers; Fund the project, "Thin Green Line History Project," a multi-year work focused on the production of a new open source oral history project documenting the impacts of a proposed nexus of fossil fuel export facilities in the Pacific Northwest, which would disproportionately impact communities of color throughout the region, and Columbia River tribes in particular.
  • Karen Diller and WSU Vancouver Library; Fund an archival collection related to LGBTQ history and culture, and more broadly, the history of feminism and the women's rights movement.
  • Suzanne Smith; Fund visiting social activist Oscar Vasquez in support of The Common Read project on campus.
  • Narayanan Lyer; Fund a podcast driven story-telling initiative about the diversity of students attending WSU Vancouver.