Grants & Training


UAlbany Diversity Transformation Awards

In support of the University at Albany Strategic Plan’s Diversity and Inclusion goal, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) invites proposals for innovative programs and/or research initiatives that strengthen, promote and embrace diversity and inclusion at UAlbany.

This grant helps fund innovative pilot programs and existing initiatives that support a campus climate of equity and advance the University’s mission of fostering diverse and inclusive excellence.

For the 2023-2024 Academic Year, the Diversity Transformation Awards will provide up to $4,000 per proposal to help support new or ongoing programs. Funds must be spent by June 30, 2024, after which the funding account will be closed and all unused funds will be forfeited.

Faculty, staff, graduate students (in collaboration with a faculty or staff member) and previous awardees are all welcome to apply.


Call for ApplicationsSeptember 20, 2023
Applications DueOctober 23, 2023
Awards Decision NotificationOctober 31, 2023
Funding Account Closing DateJune 30, 2024



The following people are eligible to apply for funding:

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Graduate students (in collaboration with a faculty or staff member)
  • Previous DTA recipients

Selected Proposals

In general, a successful proposal must demonstrate:

  • involve collaboration within or across departments, units, student organizations, and/or schools
  • demonstrate the ability to promote greater equity for historically underrepresented and underserved groups within the University and/or multiple campus constituencies
  • demonstrate plans on how the program can become part of the unit's regular operating budget or be funded by external sources
  • a budget plan outlining the unit’s funding contribution and how DTA funds will be used
  • how the new proposal will build upon and advance the work of the current program if previously granted a Diversity Transformation Award


The following types of programs are eligible for funding:

  • Campus or Unit Climate
  • Faculty and Staff Recruitment
  • Faculty and Staff Retention
  • Leadership Development
  • Student Recruitment
  • Student Retention and Graduation
  • Organizational Change
  • Student conference participation (only if the student will make a presentation at the conference and the financial support is equally shared with the academic department or office)
  • Faculty or staff conference participation (only if the employee’s attendance is to facilitate the student’s conference presentation and the financial support is equally shared with the academic department or office)


  • Up to $4,000 per proposal will be awarded in a one-time state fund allocation
  • Funds must be spent by June 20, 2024, after which all unused funds will be forfeited

Funding cannot be used on the following items:

  • Conference registration or other costs where travel is required for faculty and/or staff
  • Computer hardware, art, or library collections
  • Wages for 12-month full-time faculty, staff, or graduate assistants
  • Scholarships
  • Instructor salaries for UAlbany courses for which tuition is charged
How to Apply

Campus community members who want to apply for a Diversity Transformation Award must submit:

Applicants who are looking for guidance can consult these optional resources:

Funding proposals should clearly explain how the program would:

  • intersect with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s mission;

  • align with the University’s and/or unit’s strategic plan for diversity and inclusion;

  • define program outcomes (for example: “we will enroll 20 participants”);

  • define learning outcomes (for example: “participants will learn how to define implicit bias and how to identify three campus resources for diversity and inclusion”);

  • support the achievement of those program outcomes and learning outcomes;

  • be appropriately evaluated and assessed, including how the success of its program outcomes and how the success of its learning outcomes would be measured; and

  • be fully funded to comply with all guidelines and goals listed above.

Programs that are selected to receive a Diversity Transformation Award will be asked to complete the following activities:

  • Schedule a meeting with ODI to discuss how ODI can support your project’s success
  • Support ODI in the production of any marketing requests based on your proposal
  • Assess and evaluate the program’s success upon conclusion, as outlined by ODI

Applicants should contact [email protected] with any questions.




To address requests from students, faculty and staff alike for increased training on diversity and inclusion, we’ve expanded offerings with several new programs. Our efforts include: 

  • a retooled orientation program for all first-year students that explores intersectionality, allyship and systemic racism 

  • new workforce diversity training requirements for faculty and staff  

  • implicit bias training designed for all employees 

The University Police Department has been an integral partner in this work, as officers continue to build capacity in several key areas including cultural competency training to work effectively with international students, Muslim students, and the LGTBQ+ community. 

To request additional training, please email [email protected].