Diversity and Community Engagement
The University of Mississippi

Diversity Incentive Fund

The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement encourages students, faculty, and staff to create new opportunities that increase the understanding of, appreciation for, and advocacy of diversity issues. The Diversity Incentive Fund is a program specifically designed to provide support for new, innovative, and creative approaches to raise awareness, engage learners, and change behaviors around diversity and inclusion within the university community. Examples of programs that may be supported include lectures, symposia, workshops, conferences, performances, and other innovative approaches for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Mississippi.


University of Mississippi faculty, staff, students and registered student organizations may apply. Students must be students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program of the University, at the time of the nomination and for the period of the funded activity.


The Diversity Incentive Fund Review Committee will review the applications and make the award selections based on community impact. The committee will be looking for those opportunities that are innovative, address a documented campus need, well-planned, have a good chance for impact, and will engage a significant number of individuals in our community. Visit this link to learn more about the submission and award criteria.   


The Incentive Fund Review Committee will consider all requests and allot up to $2,000 per event depending on our available funding. During the 2023-2024 academic year, the selection committee will prioritize funding for events and programs that advance the three overarching goals of Pathways to Equity: advance institutional capacity for equity, cultivate a diverse and equitable community, and foster an inclusive campus climate.

The Diversity Incentive Fund may be used for initiatives such as the following:

  • Guest speakers on a topic relating to diversity, equity, or inclusion.
  • Special program(s) intended to increase respect for diversity and individual differences.
  • Events that expand the inclusion of issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, and national origin.

2022-2023 Recipients

For a full list of projects funded during the 2022-2023 academic year, visit this link.

2021-2022 Recipients

For a full list and descriptions of projects funded during the 2021-2022 academic year, visit this link.


Diversity Incentive Fund Application