Programs & Grants


Access videos, audio, and presentations from our previous events.

Conversation on "Unmasking Yellow Peril"

Anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic is the latest iteration in a long and violent history of dehumanizing and degrading our Asian and Pacific Islander heritage communities.

The term “Yellow Peril” — once a slur used against 19th-century Chinese immigrants in the United States — was reclaimed by Asian American activists in the 1960s. The phrase went from being associated with disease and contagion to being known for the iconic slogan, “Yellow Peril Supports Black Power.”

Today, “Yellow Peril” expresses the AAPI community’s concerns with being associated with a pandemic and their commitment to building coalitions with communities more heavily impacted by racist violence.

We invite you to read the article, "Unmasking Yellow Peril," and share your thoughts online.




UAlbany Diversity Transformation Awards

The Diversity Transformation Awards aim to promote greater equity for historically underrepresented and underserved groups within the University, as well as groups that have been historical targets of discrimination.

Past programs have included film screenings, art exhibits, critical conversations, new courses, symposia and special training.

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. Programs should also involve collaboration within or across departments, units, student organizations and/or schools.

Applicants can be granted up to $4,000 in state funding. Funding is a one-time allocation.

However, all programs are expected to also include funding from the unit organizing the effort. Programs initially funded by this grant that prove to be successful should, in time, become part of the unit's regular operating budget or be funded by external sources.

Previous recipients are eligible to apply if they can demonstrate the ways in which their new proposal builds upon and advances the work previously funded by a Diversity Transformation Award.


The following types of programs are eligible for funding:

  • Campus or Unit Climate

  • Curriculum

  • Faculty and Staff Recruitment

  • Faculty and Staff Retention

  • Leadership Development

  • Student Recruitment

  • Student Retention and Graduation

  • Organizational Change

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

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will consider funding a student’s participation in a conference only if the student will make a presentation at the conference and the support is equally shared with the academic department.

Funding for a faculty or staff member to attend a conference must also be shared with the unit and can only be included in the proposal budget if the employee’s attendance is to facilitate the student’s conference presentation.

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 assess and evaluate the program’s success upon conclusion:

Applicants should contact [email protected] with any questions.