Campus Conversations

Based on the recommendation of the CPUC Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Campus Conversations on Identities (CCI) was created as an initiative to support a series of public programs about identity and difference. The goal of CCI is to resource opportunities that provide a public forum for productive dialogue; to model honest conversations on a range of complex social issues; and to provide an opportunity for self-reflection and learning about the experiences and viewpoints of others. We provide full and gap funding opportunities to University departments, student organizations, and individuals who propose events that are connected to the goal and mission of CCI. These events should create a forum for dialogue about the ways multiple aspects of our identities influence our interactions on campus and beyond.

Conversation Topics

To align with the goal of Campus Conversations on Identities, programmatic and conversation topics must be centered on concepts of identity, intersectionality, difference, social constructs, inclusion, solidarity and dialogical pedagogy, etc. By framing these conversations around broad themes that are open to all community members, we hope to create a more collegial space for intentional engagement. 

Examples of previous themes and topics include:

  • Asian in America Conference
  • Intersectionality in STEM
  • Black Justice League Student Activism Panel
  • Northeast Queer and Trans People of Color (NEQTPoC) Conference

We look forward to seeing what conversations each new academic year brings!

Get involved! 

Mini-Grant Programs

Students are encouraged to sponsor activities related to the conversation topics.  Applications for funding for mini-grant programs (up to $1000) will be provided on a rolling basis.  Preference will be given to proposals that 1. involve students/student groups that do not typically collaborate on programming and 2. are submitted at least two weeks in advance of the projected event date. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout academic year.  You are not required to have all of the details of your event finalized prior to applying for funding.  Recognized undergraduate student organizations should apply through the Projects Board.  *Graduate students, individual students, and unrecognized student organizations can submit your proposals through the Campus Conversations on Identities listing in SAFE (Student Activities Funding Engine).  If you have questions, email us at

Signature Event Programs

Funding for signature event programs are awarded at amounts above $1000 (up to a maximum amount of $10,000). Signature event programs must be 1. a public lecture/workshop; 2. open and publicized widely to the university community; and 3. sponsored by a university department/unit or in partnership with a university department/unit.

Dates and Process for submission:

Signature event program proposals are due on/by October 1December 1February 1, and April 1 of each academic year. The selection committee will review proposals and make decisions at/around these four times only. Proposals for spring semester programs must be submitted by either of the two deadline dates in the fall semester. Proposals for fall semester programs should be submitted by either of the two deadline dates in the previous spring semester (proposals will be considered over the summer months, depending on the timing of the event to take place). All program proposals for signature events must be submitted at least three months prior to the date of the proposed/projected event.

Signature event program proposals must include: a program description, goal(s)/learning outcome(s), intended audience, statement of benefit to the campus community, and funding needs/budget. Proposals for signature events are to be submitted via email to Decisions will be made within two weeks of each deadline date.

*For the purposes of logistics and fund transfers, individual students and unrecognized student organizations must be connected to either a University department/unit or recognized student organization to request funds.