The Council on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 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

Indigenous Guest Speaker Series and Workshop in Native American literature—Julian Ankney, Native Programs

Native American Literature Canoe class—Julian Ankney, Native Programs

Native Speakers for SJCON and Indigenous-led Walking Tours of Campus—Desiree Hellegers, in collaboration with CSEJ and Native Programs

Feast for Native American Heritage Month—Desiree Hellegers, in collaboration with CSEJ and Native Programs

Orientation and Beyond: Full First Year Support in ROOTS HIST 105—JoAnn LoSavio, History

Centering Native American Voices to Understand and Strengthen Campus Belonging—Sara Mills and Sara Waters, Human Development

Math and Science Students Study Skills Booklet (Part 2)—Adenike Otoikhian, in collaboration with Academic Affairs

CSEJ Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Event—Desiree Hellegers in collaboration with Collective for Social and Environmental Justice

Photos-Elicited Narratives of Spanish-Speaking In-Home Childcare Providers During COVID-19—Elizabeth Soliday and Maria Galindo Cordova in collaboration with Cassandra Gulam and Harrison Higgs

Performing an Equity Audit in First-Year Composition at WSU Vancouver—Wendy Olson in collaboration with the Equity of Student Outcomes Council

Visiting Writers Series and Creative Writers Speaker Series—Chelsea Ratzlaff, English

Science Student Study and Success Workshop—Adenike Otoikhian in collaboration with Thabiti Lewis (Academic Affairs)

Speaker Series on Race, Sexuality, and Women’s Rights—Laurie Mercier, History/Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Digitizing and Preserving Audio and Visual Material—Carol Fisher and Mark Hasse, Library.

Thin Green Line is People Book Manuscript—Desiree Hellegers, in collaboration with Roben White, CSEJ/English

Multicultural Fair—Student clubs will organize a multicultural fair that will bring together diversity-based organizations, students and faculty. Some of the main objectives of the multicultural fair will be to dismantle stereotypes, increase visibility of diversity on campus, and create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for students of color.

The Creative Writers Speakers Series—English instructor Howard Aaron, coordinator of the series and instructor of creative writing course ENG 499, will invite two accomplished creative writers-scholars of color. The presentations will include performance poetry and provide skills sets to enhance the creative process.

Invited Guest Speaker—The Crimson Group Vancouver will team up with the Center for Intercultural Learning and Affirmation and host a talk with Yosimar Reyes at the CILA graduation. The speaker will help honor all of the students who have volunteered, persevered, and been involved with WSU Vancouver's diversity related clubs.

Pathway to Professor—Rohny Saylors, assistant professor of entrepreneurship in the Carson College of Business, will organize a program to encourage students to become management professors and work towards earning their Ph.D. The project will support a group of students to attend a conference, study for their GMAT exam, and attend workshops that will lead them to a successful path towards becoming management professors.

CSEJ Health Equity and Disparities Conference—The Collective for Social and Environmental Justice will organize a conference that aims to build community both on and off- campus with the intent to identify and address barriers to equity in regard to public health issues. The conference’s mission will identify regional health disparities and policy solutions to address community needs.

Research Support—Student Mike Casteel’s research focuses on how the segregation, of the African American division (92nd infantry Division) during WWII in Italy, resulted in these populations being misrepresented as a “weak unit.” This research will show how African American soldiers fought with equal valor compared to other U.S. Army troops and that said unit was strong and effective.