For Students

Multicultural Grants

Student Academic Multicultural Initiatives (SAMI) provides funding for individual students and student organizations that promote projects or events designed to increase self-development and educate the campus community on multicultural issues through an academic lens.

We define multiculturalism as groups organized based on cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, social class, sexual orientation, age, and ability differences. Consistent with OAMI’s goals, the SAMI Committee encourages and considers student proposals for projects and activities that educate the campus community on these issues.

Grant funding comes from the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer and is coordinated and disbursed by OAMI.


Before submitting a SAMI application,
please review the submission deadlines and requirements

Grants for Individuals

Up to $1,000 for your individual pursuits

We offer up to $1,000 per year for individuals to conduct research or attend an academic conference that will further their understanding of multicultural issues.

Grants for Student Orgs

Up to $2,500 for your student organization

We offer up to $2,000 per year for student organizations to host academic multicultural programs. An additional $500 may be provided to organizations that collaborate together on an intercultural program. 

Grants for MLK Symposium Events

Up to $2,000 for your proposed MLK-related event

OAMI offers a special SAMI Grant for student programs that occur alongside or thematically connect with the MLK Symposium, the university’s yearly celebration of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.