Through the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Diversity Initiative Grant is available to Columbia-recognized student organizations to support events that fulfill at least two of the following objectives: foster diversity education, promote multicultural awareness, and create avenues for cross-cultural dialogue.
Additionally, the grant supports inter-group communication and collaboration among student organizations, particularly those that do not regularly work together.
Programs seeking support must be academic or educational in nature, such as but not limited to dialogues, lectures with Q&A, panel discussions, book talks, debates, forums, or film screenings. Social events (i.e., cultural showcases, parties, talent or fashion shows, food-centered events, etc.) are not eligible for support from the Diversity Initiative Grant.
In order to be considered for funding, the following criteria must be fulfilled:
- The main or lead sponsoring organization(s) must be recognized by the ABC, SGB, IGB, IGC, Community Impact, or Club Sports
- Proposed events must be co-sponsored by at least two (2) recognized organizations under the above mentioned governing boards
- Goals of the event must clearly further cultural awareness and diversity education at Columbia
- All events must take place on the Morningside Campus
Grants are commensurate to program/ event costs up to $500. A student organization may only receive a Diversity Initiative Grant once per semester.
***The application for 2014-15 is now available***. Questions can be directed to DIGapplications@columbia.edu.
About the Application Review and Approval Process
All applications are reviewed by the students serving on the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Board, who will provide a recommendation to the OMA on whether to fund the proposal and, if relevant, a suggested funding amount. MAAB members will recuse themselves from the review of applications from organizations in which they are active participants.
The OMA staff reviews the MAAB's recommendations and, if relevant, authorizes and distributes the funds through the office. The OMA reserves the right to modify amounts or not fund a recommended proposal. Notifications of the results of the review and approval process will be sent from a staff member of the OMA.
Past Programs and Projects Receiving Funding
- Michael Steele Talk and Q&A (Columbia Political Union, Black Student Organization, College Republicans, Model Congress, CU Law School Republicans, CCSC, ESC, SGA, GSSC, and SGB)
- Sexuality and the South Asian (Club Bangla and South East Asian League)
- Queer and Allied Resource Guide (Everyone Allied Against Homophobia)