University of Redlands

Inclusive Community and Justice Fund

A message from Ralph W. Kuncl and the President’s Cabinet

The test of a university in the current moment is not simply public statements of support for Black Lives Matter or its commitment to address long-standing systemic racism. The University of Redlands acknowledges we should dedicate resources to advancing our mission of access, equity, and inclusion by concretely counteracting institutionalized racial bias that may be present within our policies, procedures, and practices. 

To this effect, we are reallocating resources in a way designed to specifically support diversity, equity, and inclusion projects promoting inclusive community and justice at the University of Redlands. The President’s Cabinet will dedicate the University’s 2020-21 Innovation Fund of $50,000 to promote initiatives focused on inclusion and justice impacting students, faculty, staff, and administrators in our University community. To further bolster the impact of this Inclusive Community and Justice Fund, the Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, and Graduate School of Theology have agreed to reallocate funds within their respective schools to support proposals impacting their units.


Any University faculty, student, staff, or administrator is eligible to apply for these funds. Preference will be given to proposals that: 1) directly enhance the effectiveness of a University service, operation, or policy from which people of color may benefit; or 2) enable the University to more effectively express its commitment to access, retention, and support of people of color within its community. Please note that the Inclusive Community and Justice Fund is not intended to support the addition of full-time personnel lines, nor is it intended to pay for unfunded budget requests.


Applications must include:

  1. A completed University of Redlands Inclusive Community and Justice Fund form (download template)
  2. For faculty, administrators, or staff: A letter of support from your supervisor or a Cabinet member
  3. For students: A letter of support from a professor, administrator, or staff member

Submission Process

Proposals should be emailed to by Monday, August 3. There is no set number of proposals that will be selected for the funds.

Inclusive Community and Justice Fund awards will be announced by August 25.

For more information about University resources and initiatives, see the Racial Equity Resources web page.