This is an article from the fall 2018 issue of 
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The Democracy in Action Fund awards grants to support students, faculty, and staff working toward our nation’s highest democratic ideals. Awards range from $500 to $2,500, and they’re intended to help people do the challenging work of advancing democratic engagement on campus.

Past submissions have included a podcast about diversity; a panel articulating students’ agency to implement change; a summit around student power; a voter turnout project; and a teach-in on fascism.

The projects can be initiated by students, faculty, or staff, but the focus is student-centric: All proposals must include students in either leadership or co-leadership positions in the design and execution phases of the project.

“This program helps ensure ongoing, in-depth, and frank discussions on activism, free speech, and diverse ideas and issues,” says Fiona Lee, associate dean of diversity, equity, inclusion, and professional development at LSA. “It’s a unique resource to empower faculty, staff, and students to develop and explore new angles and timely topics related to democracy and our campus climate, and I hope they will continue to make the most of what Democracy in Action offers.”  

If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member who would like to learn more about how to apply for a Democracy in Action Fund grant, visit If you would like to learn more about LSA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan, including the Democracy in Action Fund, visit


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