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Race & Equity Initiative

Student programming

The application for spring quarter 2017 is now closed. The funding cycle will begin again Winter quarter 2018


Spring 2017 funding process

Student leaders on the Race & Equity Initiative Steering Committee are offering student groups and organizations the opportunity to fund events that are specifically related to race and equity issues on campus.

In order to support and sustain diversity and equity at the UW, as well as in the local, regional and global communities we serve, we must directly confront bias and racism at the individual, institutional and systemic levels. These are three key ways:

  • Confronting individual bias and racism
  • Transforming institutional policies and practices
  • Accelerating systemic change

Read through these guidelines carefully and apply for funding!

Funding availability:

  • Funding is available now for events that take place in alignment with R&EI objectives (Confronting individual bias and racism transforming institutional policies and practices)
  • These events and activities must take place between February 1, 2017 and May 24, 2017.  No more than 80% of budget will be awarded to a single applicant.


To be eligible for funding, an organization must be: registered through the Student Activities Office, registered with the Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center, or be affiliated with a school/college/department student organization. Status will be verified at the time of application. All organizations must have the ability to receive budget transfers and will be required to submit end-of-event financial summary and status report. Draft budget will be required as part of the application for funding.

  • Event/Activity must be primarily for student audiences free and open to all UW students, faculty, and staff.
  • Event/Activity must fall within state funding guidelines (please see: for details).
  • Priority will be given to groups that have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and that have not received funding from the student programming committee in the last 12 months.

Steps to funding:

  • Apply through the race and equity initiative website student page.
  • Application must include a detailed budget, work plan, and drafts of marketing materials.
  • Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis until funds are nolonger available.

After funding is approved:

  • Recipients of funding will be required to provide weekly email updates on event planning progress.
  • Recipients will be required to submit a detailed report on outcomes of their event within 14 days of event completion.

Student programming committee minutes:

2016-2017 Student supported/produced programs 

Title: UW Racial Justice Organizing and Caucus

Date:  10-11 & 10/17

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Racial caucusing:

Identity caucusing is one possible strategy to confront the effects of internalized racist oppression and internalized racist superiority.[1] For our caucus, socially conscious students will work within their respective racial and ethnic identity groups to unpack and confront the effects of internalized racist oppression, internalized racist superiority, and the depths of systemic and institutional racism that limit opportunities while physically and psychically oppressing people of color. People of color and white people are affected by racism in different ways and thus have different work to do to end it — caucuses are times when people of color and white people meet separately in order to do our different work.[2] For our caucus, we aim to take the outcomes and commitments of the caucuses and build a coalition of activists and organizers committed to working together as anti-racist allies dismantling oppressions.