Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program

About University Life’s Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program

Many across our campus community are deeply engaged in efforts to promote racial justice at Columbia and beyond. Annually, University Life invites students to apply for the Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program and share innovative ideas to address racism, particularly anti-Black racism. 

Learn all about the 2021 grantees!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Racial Justice Mini Grant Program? 

Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program provides grants recipients whose projects met one or more of the following goals:

  • Provide opportunities, such as workshops or training, to understand and unlearn racism and anti-Black racism, effectively act or advocate to address racism, and understand the intersectional dynamics of oppression.
  • Broaden the conversation on antiracism. One example would be hosting a panel discussion to highlight new or rising voices on this topic.
  • Strengthen our campus culture of inclusion and belonging. An example would be a social media campaign or peer mentorship program.

In addition, the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life is supporting projects that focus in some significant way on the intersection of race and racism and issues connected to religion, belief and/or secularism.

Who Are The Grantees?

The ten 2021 recipients are a combination of individual and group grantees. All are students from across Columbia University, studying in a wide range of fields, and at various points in their academic and professional careers. 

How Can I See the Projects or Participate in Events? 

We invite you to learn more about the grantees and their projects, and to be on the lookout for opportunities to take part in the events and series. 

  • Read our weekly Events newsletters, where we’ll highlight projects and events made possible by the Mini-Grants Program. 
  • Look for event updates on social media – if you are not already following us on Instagram or Facebook, this is a great time to start!
  • Check the University Life Events Calendar for upcoming event announcements.

How is the Mini-Grants Program Funded? 

This project is funded through a partnership with the Office of University Life, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life.

Program Goals

To receive funding through the Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program, your project should meet one or more of the following goals:

  • Provide opportunities, such as workshops or training, to educate our student community to understand and unlearn racism and anti-Black racism, effectively act or advocate to address racism, and understand the intersectional dynamics of oppression.
  • Broaden the conversation on antiracism. One example would be hosting a panel discussion to highlight new or rising voices on this topic.
  • Strengthen our campus culture of inclusion and belonging. An example would be a social media campaign or peer mentorship program.

In addition, the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life will support projects that focus in some significant way on the intersection of race and racism, and issues connected to religion, belief and/or secularism.

Proposed projects do not have to mirror the examples offered. We look forward to the creative ways Columbia students will offer to advance the University’s commitment to anti-racism.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in this program. We are no longer accepting applications at this time. Please click here to learn more about this year's recipients. Look out for news about next year's program in Fall 2021.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at universitylife@columbia.edu. We’re happy to talk with you.