The Women & Gender Collaborative Grant Program

The Women & Gender Collaborative Grant Program funds and assists the development of projects for two years to support and promote their potential for creating long-term positive impact across campus. 

Through an annual proposal process, the Women & Gender Collaborative selects projects that promise to produce long-term positive impacts for our campus community and serve the University's mission to make Colorado State University the best place for women to work and learn.

By partnering with sponsoring campus units, our goal is to provide each project with an institutional home that will support a project's continuation as a permanent program after its first two years.

Descriptions of the 2016-2018 funded projects can be found here

 The Women & Gender Collaborative Grant Program was initially made possible by the generous gift of an anonymous donor.



In 2013, President Frank charged the University during his Fall Address to become the best place for women to work and learn, thereby initiating the President’s Women and Gender Initiative, which launched as the Women & Gender Collaborative in Spring 2016. Over the 2016-2017 academic year, the Collaborative has supported five grant-funded projects that have provided targeted opportunities for improving the culture and climate around gender at CSU.

It is with great excitement that the Women & Gender Collaborative announces another call for proposals. All interested employees (staff and faculty), departments, and units are invited to review the application packet and submit a proposal for consideration. Project proposals should be developed to create long-term positive impacts that serve the University’s mission to improve the campus culture and climate around gender and make CSU the best place for women to work and learn.  

Project proposals should be submitted via email to Katie Esquivel at by 5:00 pm Monday, May 29, 2017. The application packet is available for download at the bottom of this page. 


In order to support innovative ideas across campus that will produce long-term positive effects for women and the gendered culture at CSU, the Women & Gender Collaborative will fund and assist in the development of projects over the course of two years. It is anticipated that the two-year time frame will enable funded projects to acquire sufficient evidence of their repeated success and impact, such that a compelling case could be made to seek long-term funding from other sources and secure the projects’ continuation after the first two years.

The Women & Gender Collaborative is willing to help interested individuals or units develop their project proposal ideas and/or clarify any details about the proposal process. Appointments are available during the following time blocks.  Please contact Katie Esquivel to reserve a specific time if you would like meet and discuss your project idea.

April 28, 2017  11:30-3:00

May 2, 2017     8:00-12:00

May 9, 2017     8:00-12:00

May 11, 2017   8:00-4:00

May 18, 2017   10:00-4:00


All interested individuals, departments, and campus units are invited to submit a project proposal. Project proposals will be reviewed by members of the Women & Gender Collaborative Advisory Board. Selections for funded projects will be based on the following:


Proposals should articulate how the project will be implemented over two years. This is to provide opportunities for project leads to continually hone, develop, and adjust the project, as necessary, to ensure the highest quality and impact of the project from the first year into the second year. Rather than one-time events that require two years to plan and deliver, projects should be developed such that they can be implemented and repeated, year after year, with the intention of becoming a permanent campus offering. For example, a series of workshops, an ongoing resource or program, planning of an annual event, etc. would be appropriate.

See the Timeline section below for additional information.

Sponsoring Campus Partner

Given the two-year scope of these projects, it is required that a sponsoring department, unit, or office will sign on as a campus partner to support with project implementation, including budget management and administrative support.

Should the project secure funding to continue after the first two years, the sponsoring campus partner would assume full responsibility to support and oversee the project’s ongoing implementation, development, and success.  

Interested individual(s) who are unable to identify an appropriate campus partner are still encouraged to submit a project proposal; please contact the Women & Gender Collaborative staff prior to completing the application for assistance in coordinating a sponsoring partnership. 

Budget and Scope of Necessary Funding

Selected projects can be grant-funded by the Women & Gender Collaborative at a maximum of $12,000/year for two years. Project proposals that require less substantial funding will receive equal consideration to those that seek the maximum amount.

Each proposal must include a budget that accounts for anticipated annual expenses.

Regardless of the total amount needed to fund a proposed project, all applicants are encouraged to explore opportunities to secure additional or matching funds from other appropriate units, including campus partners.

Explicit commitments for additional or matching funds will be required should a project’s success depend on more than the $12,000/year that is available through the Women & Gender Collaborative.

Project Objectives

Priority will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate a project’s ability to address one or more of the following objectives:

  • Intentionally develop, support, or produce long-term positive effects for women at CSU and/or broadly improve the campus culture and climate around gender
  • Provide substantial leadership development and/or professional development opportunities for women (as project leads, collaborators, and/or participants)
  • Encourage men to become actively educated, informed, and engaged with supporting a campus culture and climate of gender equity
  • Incorporate an inclusive emphasis that responds to particular needs of those whose gender identity intersects with other identity categories such as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, culture, etc. (For example, project proposals might focus on needs of women of color, transgender employees and students, low-income women, non-tenure track women faculty, student parents, etc.)

Project Evaluation and Assessment

In addition to regular meetings with the Women & Gender Collaborative staff to review budget planning and providing end of the year reports, project leads will be responsible for conducting appropriate evaluation and assessment of the project.

Project proposals must include a plan for evaluating and assessing the impact, quality, and value of a proposed project to inform the project’s evolution and development over the two years.

Supervisor Support

Successful implementation of projects will require a significant time commitment. Project leads must have their supervisor’s expressed support to carry out the project to its completion.


April 2017: Call for Project Proposals released to Campus Community

April 28, May 2, May 9, May 11, May 18 – Consultations for Proposal Development

Monday, May 29, 2017: Deadline for Submitting Proposals

June 2017:  Notification regarding selection of projects awarded grant funds

Immediately following notification and prior to beginning implementation planning, grant winners should set up their initial review meeting with the Women & Gender Collaborative.

Grant winners should use the time between notification of funding for their project and the beginning of the fall 2017 semester to get things set to implement. This includes establishing a detailed budget of anticipated expenses for the fall semester to go over with the Collaborative staff prior to the start of the semester.


The Collaborative staff is small but willing to help with some aspects of your project.

The following will fall into the realm of Collaborative staff support:

  • Answering general questions and consulting on project development
  • Promoting projects through Collaborative communications (website, social media, campus networks, etc.)

The following does not fall within the realm of Collaborative staff support:

  • Large implementation or arranging of project details
  • Travel arrangements for leads or participants
  • Payment of project invoices

In order to help assess the progress of funded projects, project leads and the sponsoring campus partners will meet with the Collaborative staff prior to the start of each semester. After the first semester, project leads should prepare a written report to update the Collaborative staff on their project, as well as an itemized budget outlining required funds for the next semester. This will enable the Women & Gender Collaborative to see where it can help promote and support the projects, and provide opportunities for project leads to ask questions, seek advice, share new insights, process unanticipated challenges, etc. Reports will provide records of the project’s progress and impact and facilitate the archiving of funded projects as part of CSU history.


Because of the sometimes complicated budget rules the University is required to follow (to which funded projects must also adhere), the Collaborative staff asks that project leads keep in close touch as budgetary decisions are made. Leads of funded projects should become familiar with the budgetary rules and be prepared to work with the Collaborative staff and the sponsoring campus partner to make sure rules are not violated.

Funding will be transferred to the desired account within the sponsoring campus partner at the beginning of each semester.  Funded projects will be asked to expand on the basic budget proposal they submitted as part of their application.  During the end of semester meetings, the project’s funding will be evaluated.  Please plan on keeping accurate budgetary records as you implement your project.

Funding cannot be used for the hiring of a non-campus third-party entity to manage or implement selected projects.


Download the project proposal criteria and application packet here: 2017-2019 Project Proposal Packet

2017-2019 Grant-Funded Project Proposal – The Women & Gender Collaborative

All proposals should include the following information. Please be as succinct as possible as you provide the selection committee with sufficient details to understand how you envision the proposed project.

Project Title:

Project Proposed by (list all individuals who will be responsible for the project’s implementation):

Sponsoring Campus Partner (note the department/unit where the project will be housed):

Project Lead Contact:

Phone Number

Briefly describe the project for which you are seeking funding. If applicable, identify the target audience(s) for your project and explain who would benefit the most from its implementation? (maximum 500 words)

Describe your project’s activities and how they fit into the grant project timeline. Include a projected timeline for one year (which would be repeated in year two).

Will you have additional or matching funds from another campus unit? Describe how the requested funds will be expended on an annual basis. Include a proposed budget that breaks down and articulates the expenses your project will incur each year.

How does your project advance the University’s mission to improve the campus culture and climate around gender and become the best place for women to work and learn? Which, if any, of the other aforementioned project objectives does your project meet? How so? (maximum 300 words)

How did you identify the need for this project? Is there any research available to further justify the need for this project? (maximum 300 words)

Are there other groups on campus that offer something similar to your proposed project? If so, how is your project different from that which already exists? Which gaps does it fill? (maximum 200 words)

Beyond your sponsoring campus partner, are there any other individuals, offices, departments or entities with whom you will need to partner in order to successfully implement your project? If so, list each and briefly describe your plan for building the necessary partnership.

How will you evaluate and assess the success of your project?

Applicant(s) Agreement

I understand that if this proposed project is funded, I will be ready to implement and sustain the project in line with the approved timeline. I also understand that in addition to this application, additional information may be requested by the selection committee to further understand the logistics of the proposed project. I understand that if selected, I will be asked to meet with members of the Women & Gender Collaborative staff and will provide them with the needed update materials.



Signature of applicant(s)           Name of applicants(s)               Date



Supervisor Support

I am supportive of the above mentioned employee(s) submitting a project proposal for consideration. If selected, I understand and am supportive of my employee(s) implementing the project and using occasional work hours as agreed upon between the employee(s) and me, the supervisor. I also understand that my department/office staff may be asked to assist with certain aspects of the project that cannot be handled directly by the Collaborative staff, such as travel, if such is a part of the above project application.



Signature of applicant(s) supervisor       Name of applicant(s) supervisor            Date



Sponsoring Campus Partner Agreement

I am supportive of the above mentioned employee(s) submitting a project proposal for consideration and understand that, if the project is selected for funding, my department/office is expected to support the successful implementation of the project through the first two years.

Should the project demonstrate significant value and impact in service of the University’s mission to improve campus culture and climate and make CSU the best place for women to work and learn, I understand that, as a leader of my department/office, I will be expected to advocate for and assume responsibility to oversee successful implementation of the project in the future.



Signature of campus partner      Name of campus partner                       Date


Download the project proposal criteria and application packet: 2017-2019 Project Proposal Packet


Through 2016-2018, the Women & Gender Collaborative will support five projects that were selected based on their potential to improve the campus culture and climate around gender for faculty, staff, and students.


Drawing on over 40 years of experience with women’s leadership development, HERS is partnering with CSU to offer a new program designed for CSU women employees: HERS at CSU Women’s Leadership Workshops. Each year, this project provides foundational leadership and professional planning skills for 36 early-career women at CSU. The 2017 workshops will be delivered in three 2-hour seminars once a month in February, March, and April. The activities will include working in small groups to complete a short project on campus that serves the University mission to make CSU the best place for women to work and learn.

Women who have been working full-time in higher education for 1-6 years are encouraged to apply for this program in Spring 2017. Deadline for the application is December 12, 2016. Apply here.

The HERS at CSU Women’s Leadership Workshops are funded by the Women and Gender Collaborative and free for selected applicants. This program is also provided in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and the Office of Equal Opportunity.


This project engages campus administrators, managers, and supervisors in conversations, introspection, and appropriate action to assume a large measure of responsibility for creating learning and working environments that allow everyone to succeed. This necessitates open and honest conversations about how men enter and hold spaces of power and influence in offices, classrooms, meetings, work groups, and leadership positions. It also requires responsibility for speech, behaviors, attitudes, and decisions that affect the overall campus climate.

The first cohort will begin Spring 2017. For more information, contact Oscar Felix at (970) 491-6473 or by email at


By offering free yoga classes intended for women veterans at CSU through the New Start Program and the Adult Learner and Veteran Services Office, this project provides opportunities to develop community, enhance health and wellness, and share campus resources. Yoga classes are offered twice a week and are designed to address the specific needs of women veteran students, staff, and faculty.

Drop-in classes will run through the fall and spring semesters. Classes are on Tuesdays (7:00-8:00 am) and Thursdays (4:30-5:30 pm) in the Occupational Therapy Building (Room 100 and 101). 

If you have questions, call (970) 491-5809 or email 


Since 2013, a small community of faculty and graduate students has been meeting to discuss gender bias in science careers. This project expands that work to encourage an open exchange of ideas and information among women and men in the sciences. In addition to providing an honest and supportive environment that fosters an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust, the group works to promote career advancement and active problem-solving for those who are involved.

As part of this project, the group is hosting The Women in Science Workshop on April 13, 2017, which will celebrate the career paths of three prominent women science advocates.  Each will share her experiences— highlighting successes, challenges and ‘near misses’ along the way. The half-day workshop will provide:  

  • Practical suggestions for all faculty/administrators (women and men) to assist in recruiting, retaining, and promoting women in science.
  • Strategies and tools to assist in conversations about science to non-scientists.
  • Insight into the science of team science.
  • An opportunity to network with a community of individuals dedicated to the advancement of women, science and improved communication strategies to promote both.

 For more information on the Women in Science Workshop, read this SOURCE story.


Building upon the success of last year's book club, this project is continuing on with a renewed focus on appreciating women's differences, intersectional identities, and diverse experiences. Participants discuss the books in small groups with other employees at CSU. 

One of the unique aspects of this club is that participants are not required to commit to the club itself, but rather can choose which books and meetings to join based on their interests. Three book club meetings will be held in the each fall and spring semesters, with roughly 6 weeks in between each meeting. 

To support access and participation, books are available through the CSU Bookstore at a reduced price. Meetings also highlight the work of local women entrepreneurs who provide raffle items to give away at each book club meeting. 

All meetings take place from noon to 1:00 pm. 

OCT. 17 Years of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes, Lory Student Center, Room 382
NOV. 15 Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace, by Jessica Bennett, Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room 290
DEC. 15 Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, by Eli Clare, Lory Student Center, Room 382
FEB. 21 The Underground Railroadby Colson Whitehead Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room (290)
MARCH 30 Presence: Bring Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, by Amy Cuddy, Lory Student Center, Room 382
MAY 10 The Namesake: A Novelby Jhumpa Lahiri, Lory Student Center, Room 382

For more information on how to RSVP and participate, read this SOURCE story from Fall 2016, or this story about the Spring 2017 line up.