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Office of Diversity and Community Engagement Diversity Speaker Series Grant

The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement (ODCE) will provide funding of $500 to $1,000 to host prominent speakers, presenters, or performers. Funding will supplement what each unit or units commit towards the speaker’s visit.

The speaker’s activities will be fully determined by the host unit(s). Speakers’ lecture and activities are expected to be listed as part of the ODCE Diversity Speaker Series. Applications from all academic departments and programs will be considered. Collaborative and joint proposals are encouraged. The ODCE expects to fund $2,000 per semester.

For the inaugural round of grants, the spring deadline for Spring 2017 speakers will be March 3, 2017. For Fall 2017 speakers, the deadline will be April 14, 2017.

Speaker Categories

Speakers must fall under one or both of these categories:

  • Address issues of diversity, equity, inclusion or multiculturalism in the context of a given discipline or group of disciplines.
  • Belong to a group that is underrepresented in that discipline, regardless of the topic of the talk

It is expected that speakers have time assigned to meet with undergraduate and/or graduate students.

Submitting Requests

The completed request (not to exceed 2 pages--not including the speaker's CV) should be sent electronically in a single file to, specifying the following:

  1. Email Subject: “Diversity Speaker Series Grant: “academic unit(s)”
  2. Host name(s), affiliated department(s), and contact information
  3. Name, affiliation and area of invited speaker
  4. Target date for visit
  5. Short description of speaker’s accomplishments, include CV and/or URL
  6. Short description of the diversity/multicultural dimension of the speaker
  7. Short description of activities, including importance of visit and benefit to other units
  8. Estimated budget, including other funding sources

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria include the following:

  • Relevance of lecture (and other planned activities) to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at SLU
  • Prominence of speaker
  • Relevance of speaker as a role-model in his or her discipline
  • Distribution of speakers across disciplinary areas
  • Other sources of support

For more information, email SLU’s Chief Diversity Officer, Jonathan Smith, Ph.D., at