UMSI DEI Committee funding request

The UMSI DEI Committee actively works to increase the diversity of our school and to make it a welcoming environment for everyone acknowledging that we all have unique identities. The committee provides encouragement to the UMSI community through financial support of individual and school-wide efforts to enact diversity goals in form of events, experiences, trainings, and other related programs.

Funding requests can be made by individuals or groups within the UMSI Community (students, staff, and faculty). Funding can also be used towards collaborative efforts between UMSI and one or more other U-M group, department, or unit.

If you have questions or concerns about your request, please contact the UMSI DEI Committee at

The UMSI DEI Committee Funding is intended to support activities, events, programs, or initiatives that support diversity, equity, and inclusion that benefit the UMSI community and/or the larger U-M community. These include but not limited to: education, outreach, community building, resources or tools. Events or activities are expected to be held within or near North Quad when possible.

The UMSI DEI Committee Funding may be used for:

  • Speaker or facilitator fees/honorariums, travel expenses, etc.
  • Conference attendance or training opportunities
  • Refreshments or meals
  • Supplies or equipment
  • Other expenses that support the stated activity

Funding requests that include travel must be submitted on an individual basis. Joint or group travel requests will not be approved. Students requesting funding for conference travel are limited to one request per academic year, with a maximum award of $500. Larger grants may be provided for conferences with exceptional circumstances. Conference travel funding requests must be submitted by October 15 for fall term conferences (prior to December 31), and February 15 for winter term conferences (January 1 through May 31). All other funding requests must be submitted by November 1 for fall term and March 1 for winter term. As requirements for funding may change from one academic year to the next, any applications received after March 1 will need to be resubmitted in the fall after the UMSI DEI Committee has had its start of term meetings and a public announcement calling for applications has been sent out.

Examples of approved funding requests in the past include:

  • Clarence Wardell, Digital Services Expert, US Digital Service at the White House - Talk on Police Data Initiative (Scott TenBrink, Citizen Interaction Design)
  • Erin Teague, Director of Product Manager at Google - Women in Information series speaker (Career Development Office)
  • Sammus in Performance (Mariama Weaver, Multicultural Information Exchange & Information Alliance for Community Development student organizations)
  • "Building UMSI Presence" at Grace Hopper Technology Conference (Paul Resnick and Office of Student Affairs), supporting 5 students’ attendance
  • “Keeping it Real, Tell Us How You Feel” Student Event, Multi Ethnic Information Exchange (Maggie Davidson) 
  • Michigan Challenge Experience on diverse teams for Research Experience for Master's Students (Beth Yakel and Veronica Falandino)
  • UM Intergroup Relations (IGR) - CommonGround Curriculum Advance Workshop on inclusion and identity (Allison Sweet, Office of Student Affairs)
  • Queer Internet Studies Workshop attendance (QIS) in Philadelphia (Jean Hardy)

If you or an organization is co-sponsoring with other schools or organizations across U-M campus please specify. If you are collaborating with other schools or organizations across U-M campus, there may be other resources available that you can pursue so that we may fund as many requests as possible.


Requests for funding should be made well in advance, ideally four to six weeks before your activity or event will take place. Requests for travel support that include airfare will not be considered less than four weeks in advance. Funding requests will be reviewed and decided by members of the DEI Committee. Consideration of other sources of funding should be first considered before pursuing DEI Committee Funding to allow for the budget to be maximized. If you are a graduate student and are presenting at the conference for which you seek funding, funding may be available to you through the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions. To find out fill out their Travel Grants Request Form.  The committee will provide an initial response and/or a decision within 14 days of receiving the request. Requests will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis and grants will be awarded until funds last.

Post event evaluation 

After the event, please provide the UMSI DEI Committee with a brief report of: 

  • What you did to promote the event
  • Who attended the event (with an emphasis on participation from UMSI)
  • Any lessons about organizing the event you think we could learn from

After travel to a conference, the DEI Committee expects you to share what you have learned with the UMSI community. Some possible ideas would be hold a brown bag session to share information with fellow UMSI students, giving a presentation, writing up a summary for the DEI newsletter accompanied by photos and other relevant information, this is by no means an exhaustive list and we encourage you to propose other interesting methods of doing this in your application.

Following your event or experience, you will be asked to submit a summary of your experience. Additionally, receipts will be required to confirm use of funds and all UMSI and University policies will be followed for the use of funding and expense report process.

Click to submit a funding request (U-M login required).

Other funding opportunities at the School of Information and the University of Michigan:

Travel grant funding for students

MCompass funding opportunities (over 50 funding opportunities available)