DEIA Cultivation Grants

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion, in collaboration with the Whitman Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee, is pleased to invite applications for 2022-23 DEIA Cultivation Grants.

DEIA Cultivation Grants are intended to support projects, programs, events and initiatives that Whitman community members (students, staff and faculty) are coordinating or pursuing that advance diversity, equity, inclusion or antiracism (DEIA) efforts at the college. Funds may be used to carry out an already designed project, to help cover the costs associated with an event, to compensate invited speakers/artists/performers, to pay for a student assistant or to travel to a conference, among other possibilities. 

All grant applications must clearly articulate how the funds will be used to advance DEIA. Preference will be given to projects that are innovative and enhance rather than duplicate existing college practices, applications that center the needs of historically marginalized communities, proposals that improve the campus racial climate and collaborative applications involving co-leads from multiple constituent groups (e.g. staff and students). DEIA Cultivation Grant amounts can range from $500 to as much as $3,000.

For a Fall 2022 award, there will be two submission deadlines. Applications for fall funding will be accepted through April 25, 2022 and will reopen near the start of the semester with a September 26, 2022 deadline. Applications for Spring 2023 awards will open in November of 2022. April applicants can anticipate funds becoming available in July and September applicants will gain access to grant funds in October.

To apply for a DEIA Cultivation Grant, follow this link to submit an application.  

Community Conference

On April 12 and 13, the Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture at Walla Walla University will host its annual conference. The theme for this year is Race and Belonging: Latinx Experiences in the Pacific Northwest. The keynote speakers include María Isabel Morales, who serves on the faculty of Evergreen State College and Mario Jimenez Sifuentez, an assistant professor at the University of California, Merced. The event is free and open to the public.

Walla Walla University is a “mask optional” campus; there is also the option to attend the lecture virtually. Links to the livestream and more information can be found at