The Black Laurentian Initiative Fund for Racial Justice and Equity Project (RJEP) | St. Lawrence University Diversity and Inclusion

The Black Laurentian Initiative Fund for Racial Justice and Equity Project (RJEP)

The Black Laurentian Initiative Fund for Racial Justice and Equity Project (RJEP) is a $100,000 fund from the President’s Office that will support work that engages the St. Lawrence community in research, teaching, and service-focused missions dedicated to addressing the issues of racial injustice in various academic disciplines. Here is information for how to apply for this opportunity.

The application has the following required components: a proposal essay, budget, positionality statement, and a plan for formally presenting your results to the BLI and to the broader community when you return to campus in the Fall semester. Letter of support from faculty mentor is also required. 

Proposal essay:

Students, with guidance from a faculty mentor, are eligible to receive up to $5000 to support projects (e.g., research, internships, or creative projects). Submit a written essay of up to 500 words (approx. 1 page) that includes:

·         Project goals and objectives 

·         How your project will contribute to greater understanding of racial justice and equity, including racism, systemic racism and racial injustice, for yourself and for the SLU community  

·         Activities you propose to undertake 

·         Expected project outcomes 

·         Plan for working with your faculty mentor 


You must also submit a project budget (up to 1 page) that outlines project costs of up to $5000. Examples of eligible costs include:

·         Project materials/supplies 

·         Costs of housing/food  

·         Stipend to replace summer earnings 

·         Transportation 

·         Other necessary expense

Positionality Statement:

Students must provide a written positionality statement of up to 200 words as context for your proposed project. A positionality statement usually includes a description of the project leader’s lenses (e.g., philosophical, personal, theoretical beliefs and perspective through which they view the research process) and potential influences on the research/proposed project (e.g., age, political beliefs, social class, race, ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs).

A formal presentation of projects and results to the BLI Student Organization is required of all grant recipients. In addition, recipients will be asked to present their work before the broader campus community, with special emphasis on how your project contributes to a deepening understanding of racial injustice and equity issues.


Submit applications through this form.

If you’re interested, please start thinking about and having conversations with your advisors and mentors, and come to the information session:


Thursday February 18th, 7:00 pm

Recording of the session


Friday March 5th, 6:00 pm

Zoom link: