JEDI Awards


Provide incentives and opportunities toward growth in competencies and practices through supporting research and creative endeavors focused in the intersecting areas of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), access and belonging. Our mission is to connect SBS JEDI initiatives to UA’s Six Core Values (Integrity, Compassion, Exploration, Adaptation, Inclusion and Determination).

Application Form


  • 4 awards annually of up to $1,500, one from each of the 4 project categories:
    • Research and Creative Projects
    • Education Development or Training
    • Development of Unit- or College-level Procedures & Practices
    • Community Outreach and Engagement
  • Paid as a lump sum (no ERE) upon announcement of the awards through College Business Affairs.


  • All SBS faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students.
  • Applicants may apply either as individuals or as members of SBS groups including academic units, dean’s office teams, committees, student clubs, and other groups. Groups or organizations may include members from the community or other institutions, but must include at least one SBS student, faculty, or staff member.
  • Eligible applicants must not have been selected as a SBS JEDI award recipient in the past 3 years.
  • Student recipients must remain enrolled at UArizona and affiliated with SBS through the completion of the project.
  • Student recipients must be working in collaboration with a faculty member, documented by a signed letter of support from relevant faculty.


Proposals may be in areas related to:

  • research and creative work related to goals of the JEDI awards;
  • education, including curriculum development, course revision, creation of learning resources, professional development and training;
  • development of procedures, practices, or bylaws that promote principles and outcomes promoting JEDI, access and belonging; and/or
  • community outreach and engagement related to goals of the JEDI awards.

Allowable Costs

Projects incorporating collaboration among groups that normally don’t work together are encouraged, including projects involving community members. Cost sharing with community collaborators is encouraged, but not a criterion for review. Any equipment purchased with project award funding remains the property of SBS.

Funding can be used to support the proposed activities, including:

  • supplies for creative or research projects;
  • travel and parking expenses;
  • costs related to participation in relevant conferences, symposia, and continuing education opportunities;
  • food and refreshments (except alcoholic beverages) at events;
  • lodging and meals for guest speakers;
  • rental or purchase of equipment not otherwise available at no cost from SBS or the university; and other appropriate expenses; and/or
  • publication fees for original research in relevant, high-impact journals or book series, or other related materials and costs.

Award Criteria

Project award proposals will be judged on the potential of the project to:

  • evince individual or group development in JEDI, access and belonging knowledge and application;
  • enhance BIPOC and other marginalized groups-centered engagement between SBS and the community;
  • further the adoption of JEDI, access and belonging principles and practices in SBS workplace culture; and/or
  • demonstrate effective methods and approaches for achieving growth, engagement, and impact.

Application Process

A brief statement to include: (maximum 2 pages, single spaced, 12 pt font, 1-inch margins) (required)

  • description of how the project will advance the JEDI, access and belonging mission of the university, college and/or unit (the starting point, purpose, statement of need);
  • description of the activities proposed;
  • description of current community engagement activities;
  • method for evaluating or documenting outcome(s);
  • review of relevant literature or current practice;
  • research methodology; and
  • project timeline

Budget and Budget Justification for how the funds will be spent (required)

  • Budget template with calculated costs
  • Justification will include an explanation for why the expenses are necessary to carry out the proposed project and how those costs were calculated.
  • Project proposals should indicate the SBS and/or university resources that will be used, such as consultation with the University Center for Assessment, Teaching, and Technology (UCATT), Human Resources, or other departments; use of labs, library spaces and collections, university facilities and indoor and outdoor campus spaces; or educational and production technology and equipment.

Supplemental Documents (optional, when relevant); these documents should not serve as a continuation of the project statement or budget justification, but rather should provide necessary additional information that does not fit within the topics covered by the required application materials.

  • formal or informal quotes
  • course syllabi to be revised
  • existing policies and practices to be revised
  • enrollment and retention data by demographics
  • committee charges, rosters, activity
  • letters of support from community collaborators or department/unit head or faculty, when applicable

Budget and Budget Justification

You must use the Budget and Budget Justification template that is provided here. Do not change the formatting of the template and upload the document as an excel file. For each component in your budget, you will be asked to provide a line item total and a corresponding justification for the expense. The budget should only include expenses that will be covered by the JEDI Award.

JEDI Awards Budget Template

Application Review

  • An evaluation subcommittee composed of current DEI Council members will review submissions and make the final award decisions.
  • The evaluation subcommittee will employ a scoring rubric to standardize evaluations and to mitigate implicit bias. 
  • Reviewers from applying units and programs can serve but must recuse themselves from votes on applications from their respective units or programs.
  • Reviewers with close professional or personal ties to candidates will recuse themselves. Examples: those who have collaborated on research or teaching in the last five years, those who are personal friends.
  • Conflict of Interest Policy:
    • Panelists from applying units and programs can serve but must recuse themselves from votes on applications from their respective units or programs.
    • Panelists with close professional or personal ties to candidates will recuse themselves. Examples: those who have collaborated on research or teaching in the last five years, those who are personal friends.

Scoring Rubric

5 = excellent, 4 = very good, 3 = good, 2 = fair, 1 = poor.

Feasibility: Topics to comment on include clarity of schedule, methods and approaches, likelihood of timely completion, sufficiency of funding.

Broader Impacts to JEDI: Topics to comment on include clarity of expected or measurable outcomes for the individuals or groups, centers BIPOC individuals or groups in and beyond SBS as active participants in the project or activity, enhances BIPOC-centered engagement between SBS and the community.

Budget: Topics to comment on include clarity of justification, appropriateness of expenditures, detailed cost estimates, completion of expenditures during the funding period.


  • Each awardee is expected to provide a brief progress report 1 year after the award is given, until the project is complete.
  • Report will include status of project as ongoing or complete, with details on outcomes, challenges, and budget.

Award Cycle

The funding period will be 1 calendar year from the award date.

  • Call for applications - November
  • Applications due – January 22
  • Final decisions – 2-4 weeks after applications are closed
  • Award announcements – 1-2 weeks after final decisions

Contact Arlette Cordery for more info.

Forms and Templates:

Application Form

JEDI Awards Budget Template