CRD Grants Program

MIT is committed to creating and maintaining a culturally and racially diverse environment, but this diversity is hollow unless the individuals that comprise MIT can communicate with each other. The Committee on Race and Diversity’s job is to make sure communication happens, demonstrating MIT’s high-level recognition that numerical diversity is necessary, but not sufficient, for a vital campus.

The Committee on Race and Diversity (CRD) is a Standing Institute Committee that reports to the President.

The CRD Grants are intended to promote diversity and inclusion at MIT, and to help offset the costs of such events and programs. CRD grant proposals are organized along five core themes that are intended to provide a diversity of event options, offer learning opportunities for all those involved, and ensure that the grantees and CRD learn from the experience.

Submission dates

There are two grant proposal cycles with submission deadlines of November 1 and March 1 each year. Apply by submitting your CRD Grant Application online.

Core themes

The proposals must be be aligned with the CRD Mission, and demonstrate some impact on diversity and inclusion at MIT.

CRD’s mission is to foster better relations among diverse racial and cultural groups and to help the community realize the benefits of its cultural and racial diversity. Its grants program is designed to support programs and activities that promote multicultural understanding and positive race relations within the MIT community.

CRD grant proposals are organized along five core themes that are intended to provide a diversity of event options, offer learning opportunities for all those involved, and ensure that the grantees and CRD learn from the experience. Each funding proposal must indicate the core theme to which the activity pertains.

  • Career Development (Professional/Scholar)
    Includes workshops, conferences, and colloquia, and venues must be open to the MIT community. Example: NSBE Annual Convention
  • Collaborative Immersion
    Programs involving students collaborating with alumni, faculty, and/or staff in hands-on event planning and implementation. ExampleChocolate City Faculty Reception
  • Community-based Initiatives
    Programs establish new or deeper connections between MIT and off-site constituencies (i.e. MIT10, potential students volunteering in surrounding communities, etc.), especially with those that MIT has not connected in the past. Example: Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) Science Extravaganza
  • Expanding Outlooks (Social/Political/Cultural)
    Includes recruitment events, forums, and arts-oriented projects. Example: Black Week
  • Leading Outward
    Based on the “leading upward” model, these programs train participants in leadership skills, particularly around diversity and inclusion, for later dissemination to the MIT community Example: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) National Institute for Leadership Advancement Conference


To apply for funding from the CRD, please submit an Application Form to An applicant may receive only one award per academic year. CRD funds up to $1,500 per proposal; proposers are encouraged to seek additional funding sources when needed.

Please read the “Marketing Your Event” tips below.

Upon event completion, please submit a Final Report to

Contact the CRD Co-chairs with questions at

Marketing your event

Here are some tips on publicizing your event to the MIT community.

  1. Please use the ICEO logo in all of your materials. All publicity materials must include this reference. If your publicity is in the form of a text-only email, include the phrase “Sponsored by the Institute Community and Equity Office (ICEO)”
  2. MIT Events calendar: it is your responsibility to add your program to the MIT events calendar. Under categories, select “diversity & inclusion” label. Make sure you list the “Committee on Race and Diversity” under “Sponsors.”
  3. Post your event on the ICEO website. You may also choose to advertise your program by blogging about it on the website.
  4. If you are affiliated with a department or student group, publicize on the web site! Some grant authors have also found it useful to create their own web sites, especially for more long-term projects.
  5. Identify and use e-mail lists through which to publicize your event
  6. If you create posters to announce an upcoming event, consider postering along campus areas as appropriate. MIT Copy Tech is one option for printing posters. You can also make smaller handbills and place them in student mailboxes in the dormitories.
  7. Post an announcement for your program on the digital displays along the Infinite Corridor and in the Stata and Student Centers. For more information:
  8. Don’t forget to employ the social media that you use to stay connected with friends and family to publicize your program. You can use Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.