WGS Micro Grants for Social Justice

WGS Micro Grants for Social Justice

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement and recognizes that our students are doing work that is uncompensated, unsupported, and often invisible during the intersecting crises of police violence, systematic racism, and the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, WGS is establishing time-sensitive micro grants for social justice.

The first round of micro grants will focus on the current Black Lives Matter moment. This student-inspired initiative, spearheaded by our WGS UDRs (Izzy Hochman and Cassipea Stith), offers micro grants (up to $200) to support student-led community projects and individual student initiatives for social change and racial justice. Student voices were critical to this effort and will remain central in our engagement with inequalities and injustices. The micro grants support projects that may include, but are not limited to, educational services (e.g., book groups, book purchases, consciousness-raising activities, creation of syllabi, reading lists, etc.), creative articulations of advocacy (music, film, blogs, social media), grassroots organizing (creation of support groups), and more. The project should be broadly related to intersectionality, feminisms, gender, sexuality, and/or racial justice. Priority will be given to students who qualify for financial aid. Students need not be majoring or minoring in WGS to apply. 

To apply, please click on this application link found here. The short application will include: 1) brief description of the project; 2) requested amount (such as stipend, supplies, etc.).

Applications for the first cycle of this grant are due by July 1, and decisions will be made promptly. Each grant carries a maximum award of $200, and students may only receive one grant per year. Grants are made on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is still available.

If you need assistance with the application, please email the following volunteers to help draft your proposal. They can call you directly if you prefer to discuss your ideas by phone or Zoom.