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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grants

The Office of Campus Climate's Grant Program aims to strengthen UC Merced’s campus climate and cultivate an environment where all students, staff and faculty members feel respected, included and valued.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Grant program accepts proposals for projects that help UC Merced cultivate an inclusive and equitable community. Successful proposals should inspire collaborative, high-impact, experimental and sustainable ideas. Selected grants could receive funding up to $5,000 for one year.

Information sessions about the Grant Proposal Program will be held at 

February 01 Information Session #1 12-1pm, SSB 238

February 09

Information Session #2

2-3pm, SSB 238


UC Merced modeled its pilot program after UC Berkeley’s Innovation Grants for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, established six years ago.The Chancellor’s Advisory Council for Campus Climate and Inclusion, the Office of the Chancellor, Graduate Division and the Office of Campus Climate partnered to support the grant program in response to results from the UC Campus Climate Survey administered at the Merced campus in 2013 and follow-up focus groups.

Additional projects and descriptions are posted on UC Berkeley’s innovation grants website.

Details regarding UC Merced’s diversity grant program are available on the Office of Campus Climate website under the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion tab.

2017 grant applications will be due on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 5pm.

De Acker, meanwhile, is available to answer questions about the proposal process. Contact her by email, call 209-228-2598 or send inquiries to