Faculty Driven

IDEA has launched a new initiative, Faculty Driven, that invites faculty to creatively address equity and diversity needs within their departments. This program provides funding for faculty to develop programs that strengthen the University’s diverse community of scholars.

Funding will be provided for proposals that clearly articulate how programming will enhance instruction, increase research productivity, improve student outcomes, and/or contribute to faculty development. Recognizing that each department has unique needs that require specific and targeted programming, funding can be utilized in a variety of ways. For example, the development of workshops or initiation of faculty writing groups.

Faculty Driven Proposals

Fall Application deadline: November 27, 2023

Fall decisions will be released on December 15, 2023

Spring Application deadline: February 27, 2024

Spring decisions will be released on April 24, 2024

Complete applications should be emailed to [email protected]

A proposal should be innovative and creative, have a broad faculty community impact, and focus on collaborative experiences. They should include information related to the six areas below. If a proposal does not address all six areas listed below, it may not be reviewed.

  1. Motivation for the programming:
    1.  How does your proposal align with recommendations from the TRUTH Report
    2.  And/or how does it improve campus climate (aligned with 2023 DEI Campus Climate Survey outcomes)?
  2. Anticipated community building outcomes
  3. Target audience
  4. Plans for sustainability
  5. Predicted participation numbers
  6. Information about program leaders


All faculty employed at the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply for these funds.