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DJS Award Application

What is Funded?

The DJS Fund Team welcomes proposals for projects that mobilize the greater PLU community around Diversity, Justice and Sustainability (DJS). Using the student DJS Award we can financially support projects that advance PLU’s mission and a holistic application of sustainability. The DJS FUNd team will fund a variety of projects, though priority will be given to ideas that are:

  • Socially relevant and accessible
  • Culturally appropriate and sensitive
  • Environmentally conscious and productive
  • Economically sound and supportive
  • Potential for lasting impact on campus climate

Who Can Apply?

Any student of the PLU community can propose a project. Student(s) applying for the DJS Award is encouraged to partner with a PLU department, faculty or staff in order to foster community partnerships.

Accepting Proposals in January


Please contact Saiyare Refaei, Coordinator for Sustainability Integration at refaeiso@plu.edu with any questions.

Important Dates

DJS Award Proposals will be reviewed each Fall, J-Term and Spring semesters and processed up to a month after the application deadline or until funds are allocated.  Project proposals will be accepted on a first come first serve rolling basis during the time frames below for projects happening in the projected time line.


As a award for innovative student incited projects, all applications must be submitted by students(s).

(Download the following documents to edit.)

All applications must include:

Also required if your projects includes the following:

  • Community Partner Endorsement – All proposals including campus partner collaboration must complete and have signed a Community Partner Endorsement. All projects proposing physical improvements require a Community Partner Endorsement.
  • Travel – All proposals including travel must have completed the following requirements before applying for funding.  Please read the requirements regarding Independent Travel. Then complete the Instructions for Independent Travel form and submit this with your DJS Award proposal documents saved as “ProjectName_Travel”.
  • Human Peer Review Board-  Projects requiring interviewing or researching with human participants must be approved by the Human Peer Review Board (HPRB) prior to applying for DJS Award funding. If approved, attach your approval letter to your application proposal (ProjectName_HPRB).

How to submit:

  • Label them each document with your last name followed by an underscore and the name of the document.  (Ex: ProjectName_Proposal, ProjectName_Budget, ProjectName_Travel, ProjectName_CommunityPartner, ProjectName_HPRB.)
  • Attach all required proposal documents in 1 email to Saiyare Refaei at refaeiso@plu.edu  by the deadline. 

Application Feedback:

Applications received prior to the 25th of each month will receive feedback incase of incomplete application or further clarification of project prior to the DJS FUNd Team review.  This is to encourage complete proposals are reviewed and will be successful candidates for approval.

Selection Process

  1. PLU Student(s) submit on-time proposals for DJS Award
  2. Within a month of the submission the DJS Award Team reviews and makes recommendations for the Award
  3. The recommendations are vetted through Student Life Council, the Chairs of the University Diversity Committee and Sustainability Committee and Director of the Diversity Center to ensure student safety and that proposals follow PLU protocol and procedures
  4. Awards are gifted or declined
  5. Award recipients must submit a summary of their project with added materials (photos, videos, flyers, posters etc. as available) for DJS Award records and publicity within one month after their project is completed

Restrictions & Stipulations

  • Students cannot utilize the DJS Award for personal pay or full time position pay – unless it is part of an overall program that impacts the wider PLU community, is a position through a campus partnering and the position cost amounts to less than that for the program cost.
  • The Award does not allow the purchase of alcohol or fine dining unless approved by the DJS FUNd Team.
  • Any complementary funding towards a DJS Award proposal must be shared in the proposed budget. The DJS FUNd team must also be notified via refaeiso@plu.edu if any changes to the project or budget occurs. One cannot utilize DJS Award funding for other than what has been requested without DJS FUNd Team approval.
  • Faculty or staff personal expenses (conference, travel, lodging, car rental… etc.) cannot be paid for out of the DJS Award account.
  • Complementary funding from other sources and faculty or staff support is highly encouraged.
  • If an applicant proposes for the Award that involves domestic travel, students must provide copies of proof of health insurance and an activity waiver to the Coordinator for Sustainability Integration prior to travel. Travel clearance also includes that students submit a risk management plan and sign a statement of responsibility.
  • If an applicant proposes for the Award whose project involves international travel, they must have full travel clearance through the Wang Center and plan for an acceptance of funds two months prior to leaving the country. Travel clearance includes that students submit a risk management plan and sign and statement of responsibility.
  • Any student project involving international or domestic travel must turn in approved documents prior to applying for DJS Award funding (see application for more details).
  • Any project involving interviewing of or researching with human participants must be approved by the PLU Human Peer Review Board (HPRB) prior to applying and conducting research (see application for more details).