The College of Engineering (COE) and the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Council are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for COE faculty, staff, and students.

The DEI council invites proposals for faculty, staff, or student led DEI initiatives within the college. We welcome proposals from individuals, teams, students, staff organizations, and/or departments. Student Organizations that apply must be recognized by the office of Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement and the College of Engineering. This is a rolling submission deadline, which means you can apply at any time.


Please submit a proposal of no more than two pages as a single pdf document. Complete applications should include the following information in this order:

1. Title of Project:

2. Contact Information: Name of person submitting the proposal (one name per group) and the name of the group affiliation if applicable, such as a Student Organization.

3. Initiative Description. Describe what you or your group will do, including the dates of the event being planned.

4. DEI rationale. Describe why/how you think your initiative will advance DEI in the college and the audience that your activities will impact. We encourage proposals that provide some rationale or evidence as to why the initiative will help improve DEI in the college.

5. An estimated budget. Funds may be requested for up to $3,000 and funds must be spent by June 1, 2022. Please provide sufficient details for the Council to understand how the funds will be used. Note that purchasing merchandise for events is not eligible for the funding call. For conference or other travel related requests, please see the DEI student professional development funding application. However, this grant does allow travel costs to bring speakers to the UI.

Proposals will be reviewed by the DEI Council. 

Other DEI Funding Opportunities

Please also keep in mind other DEI funding opportunities within the College:

  • Student Professional Development Opportunities
  • Undergraduate DEI Scholarships
2020 - 2021 Funded DEI Initiatives
Title Amount Description

Cathy Park Hong


Co-sponsorship of the APACC Keynote event featuring writer (and UI Writer's Workshop Alum) Cathy Park Hong. 



Support for a DEI-Focused Speaker and to provide safe contact ambassadors at the HackUIowa Event. 

Society for Women Engineers (SWE)


Support of the SWE High School Conference, which invites high school juniors and seniors to campus to explore the many opportunities a degree in engineering can offer.

WPC Conference


Support for students, faculty, and staff to participate in the WPC Conference - Understanding, Respecting & Connecting.

2019-2020 DEI Initiatives Award Winners
Awardee Award amount Project Description

Diversity Reading Group


To establish a forum for interested community members to be able to explore issues related to diversity and equity through discussion of readings from a broad variety of sources and to help establish a sense of community within the College of Engineering, above and beyond our specified roles at work. Please contact Dina Blanc for more information

Female Alliance of Civil Engineers (FACE)


Support to fund speakers for career workshops, visiting female speakers from companies and local governments in Iowa, and group discussions of the difficulties of being a gender minority in Engineering

International Education Week


Support to fund a reception to celebrate International Students during International Education Week

Minority Recruitment in Graduate Programs Speaker


Submitted by BME, this project invites Moises Orozco Villacana, Director of Enrollment Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Information Sciences, to speak in the COE. Contact Josh Lobb for more information

Research Project on URM students in Engineering at the UI


Support to fund the research project: Minority Undergraduate Engineering Students at UI: Characterizing Their Successes and Struggles With a Research-Based, Data-Driven Approach (Arun Pennatuhur and Priya Pennathur)

Joint BME/CBE Guest Speaker


Guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Linderman is a Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Michigan and Director of the University of Michigan’s ADVANCE Program. NSF ADVANCE programs have been contributing to the support of workplace initiatives that promote equity for STEM faculty that could serve as a model for COE. Please contact Jennifer Fiegel or Mubeen Syed for more information

Mayor's Youth Empowerment Program STEM Workshop


This proposal seeks to broaden COE’s sphere of diversity, equity, and inclusion to promote awareness and understanding for those with intellectual disabilities in the community by pairing the MYEP participants with a COE student org. Please contact Natalie Potter for more information

Spring 2019 DEI Initiatives Award Winners
Awardee Award amount Project Description

Black Girls Do Science


Support for the student organization NSBE’s program Black Girls Do Science. Black Girls Do Science is a one-day program encouraging underrepresented girls in 4th-8th grades to pursue a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field.

Lactation Room Supplies


Emergency supplies for the lactation room in Seamans Center.

Female Alliance of Civil Engineers (FACE)


The Female Alliance of Civil Engineers is a new student organization that began in November of 2018. The funding is for posters, apparel, and events to promote awareness of this new organization.

Society for Women Engineers (SWE)


Support of the SWE High School Conference, which invites high school juniors and seniors to campus to explore the many opportunities a degree in engineering can offer.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)


Support for WiSE programming for U of I women in STEM, including social, service learning events and personal development seminars.

Continental Crossings


Funding to support underrepresented student participation in the Continental Crossings service learning project in Bolivia.

Womxn’s Summit


Funding to support the Womxn’s Summit for underrepresented women to address issues of self-identity and coalition and to provide a space for women to feel empowered to impact social change.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)


Support for underrepresented students for conference travel