Application Closed – Seed Grants for Actions that promote Community Transformation (ACT)


Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at The University of Texas at Austin is an important and critical goal. A new initiative – Actions that promote Community Transformation (ACT– aims to support and enable members of our campus community to lead projects that promote DEI. We understand that faculty and staff are essential to this type of meaningful transformation and that it all starts with you. Turn your ideas into actions!

In Fall 2020, the Vice Provost for Diversity’s Office will support one-semester seed grants ($3-5K) to support faculty and/or staff-led projects that aim to promote increased DEI within their local environments at the University. Projects can be proposed by individuals or teams.

Projects can include piloting new ideas, testing new initiatives, data collection on issues of interest, etc.

Areas of interest can include, but are not limited to, graduate education, undergraduate education, departmental climate, faculty hiring practices, staff/faculty promotion and retention practices, faculty development, mentoring practices, and student recruitment practices.

Application Closed

For more information, please contact Dr. Edmund T. Gordon at

UPDATE: New Grants Empower Campus Community to Lead Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Projects (October 23, 2020)


  • Applications are due: by Friday, August 21, 2020
  • Funded initiatives announced: by Friday, September 4, 2020
  • Monthly sharing of ideas (informal) meeting: Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1pm
  • Report on project advances (1 page): March 15, 2021
  • Final report due by May 15, 2021
  • Funds should be used by May 31, 2021

Application Closed


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. Edmund T. Gordon at