Diversity, Justice and Sustainability Award Guidelines

Call for Proposals for DJS Award Projects

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.

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.

It is up to each applicant to present a well written proposal on how their project or idea will be socially relevant and accessible, culturally appropriate and sensitive, environmentally conscious and productive, and economically sound and supportive.


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

Sustainability includes the intersections between care for people, planet, and prosperity (i.e. economical and natural resources) now and in the future. The DJS FUNd Team hopes to increase the sustainability of our academic programs, our built environment, and our campus and community culture.


DJS Award Proposals will be reviewed each fall and spring semester.
Proposals will be processed up to a month after the application deadline or until funds are allocated.

Final decisions on funding will be made by student social justice and sustainability leaders: the Diversity Advocates for the Community Garden, the President of GREAN Club, the ASPLU Sustainability Director, the ASPLU Diversity Director, the RHA Sustainability Director and the RHA Social Justice Director, based on their judgment of each project’s feasibility and contribution to Diversity, Justice and Sustainability initiatives at PLU.

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.

Start Accepting ProposalsFinal DeadlineProject Timeline
October 1, 2017October 31, 2017Winter 2017, J-Term 2018, Spring 2018
January 1, 2018January 19, 2018Spring, Summer, Fall of 2018
March 1, 2018March 31, 2018Summer or Fall 2018

Further 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Completed Projects:

Upon completion of the DJS Awarded project, students must submit a summary report of their project and additional materials to be shared and archived for DJS Award records. This includes a minimum one page summary of the project, (about, attendance/impacted parties, key items learned and how the project impacted the PLU and broader community as it relates to the application priorities: Socially relevant and accessible, Culturally appropriate and sensitive, Environmentally conscious and productive, Economically sound and supportive and Potential for lasting impact on campus climate. Additional materials to include with the project summary can include: photos, videos, flyers, website or blog links, agenda/ itinerary, quotes or testimonials about the project … etc. All materials must be emailed within one month of the project completion to the Coordinator for Sustainability Integration at refaeiso@plu.edu.