Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program

Logo for 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. 

Learn all about the 2020-21 grantees

Frequently Asked Questions

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, for the student community at Columbia to understand and unlearn racism, effectively act or advocate to address racism, and understand the intersectional dynamics of oppression.
  • Broaden the conversation on antiracism, for example hosting a panel discussion to highlight new or rising voices on this topic.
  • Strengthen our campus culture of inclusion and belonging. For example, 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.

Awarded recipients will be featured on University Life's website and will receive support marketing their funded events and/or programs; they will also be invited to participate in an end-of-year roundtable event open to all students.

The 2020-21 recipients were a combination of individual and group grantees. All were students from across Columbia University, studying in a wide range of fields, and at various points in their academic and professional careers. 

  • Read University Life's 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.

This project is funded through a partnership with University Life 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, 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 antiracism.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in this program. Students interested in becoming Racial Justice Mini-Grant recipients are invited to apply for project funding, as University Life launches the program's second year.

Applications are open from September 8 - October 1. Grant award decisions will be made in November 2021.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]edu. We’re happy to talk with you.