Diversity, Justice and Sustainability Award Guidelines

Call for Proposals for DJS Award Projects

The DJS Award 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 intersects between care for people, planet, and prosperity (i.e. economical and natural resources) now and in the future. The DJS Award 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 Community DAdvocate, 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.

For Spring 2017, applications will start being accepted March 15th until April 15th, 2017. This will be a rolling deadline in that the DJS Award Team will review applications as they come in on a first come first serve basis during this time period. Applications may expect follow up questions or an interview with DJS Award Team members if further clarification on their application is needed.

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 much provide copies of proof of health insurance and an activity waiver to the Coordinator for Sustainability Integration prior to travel.
  • 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 and the travel must be completed before May 31st of that fiscal year. Travel clearance includes that students submit a risk management plan and sign and statement of responsibility.
  • The DJS Award capacity changes each academic year depending on the campus student population. If funding is applied for to be utilized beyond the academic year in process that funding must come from the following year’s DJS Award budget.
  • If the full DJS Award budget is not fully utilized within an academic year then the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students has the final say in approving how it is spent by June 1st of that academic year.

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.