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Campus Pride Awards Mini-Grants for Social Justice to 11 Student Projects

Organization Develops LGBTQ+ Student Leaders With Project Support

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Campus Pride, the preeminent resource for LGBTQ leadership development, diversity inclusion, and advocacy within higher education, today announced the awarding of 11 new Social Justice Mini-Grants for Activism. Campus Pride launched its social justice mini-grant program in June 2021 as part of the organization’s 20th-anniversary celebrations with an inaugural ten awards. Each grant is worth up to $600. Grantees represent schools from across the country, working on projects including creating a transgender community closet to give access to free gender-affirming garments and makeup; supporting LGBTQ+ inclusive communities for student-athletes, members of the Asian and Asian American diaspora, and STEM students; and curating resource guides to access LGBTQ+ services. View the full list of mini-grant awardees and project descriptions online at The first class of 2022 awards includes the following schools and project themes:

  • Washington University (St. Louis, MO) - To consolidate reproductive health resource information, making those services easier to access in the face of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade and Missouri’s snap ban. Project by Ranen Miao.

  • University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX) - To support the Lotus Project, developing community for queer, trans, and/or women of the Asian or Asian American diaspora on campus. Project by Lilli Hime.

  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT) - To support the development of the new Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) special interest house on campus. Project by Mila Lu.

  • Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) - To support Pride Athletes at Macalester (PAAM), which works to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ student athletes. Project by Ramier Villarama.

  • Texas State University (San Marcos, TX) - To study the experience of trans students who have been deadnamed or misgendered by faculty members, and what actions can mend the resultantly imparied student-institution relationship. Project by Sam Owens.

  • University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX) - To support the Feminist Action Project’s zine, collecting art, poetry, and prose from the general student body. Project by Anika Srinath.

  • Castleton University (Castleton, VT) - To support the development of a presentation on inclusive sex education to be delivered as part of the university’s Connections course for first-year students. Project by Bryce Diggs.

  • Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY) - To promote inclusive LGBTQ+ spaces within STEM education. Project by Andres Gonzalez.

  • Truman State University (Kirksville, MO) - To create a collaborative zine to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ people in rural northeast Missouri. Project by Shania Montiúfar.

  • Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) - To support a transgender community closet providing free access to clothes, binders, underwear, makeup, and other gender-affirming materials. Project by Lance Rasmussen.

  • University of California Davis (Davis, CA) - To support the Pride Festival, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community on campus as well as in the greater Sacramento area. Project by Alex Fruge.


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