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 supports 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. This fun supports student projects of up to $3,000 to be implemented during the academic year 2021 - 2022.

Students who are taking classes during Fall 2021 are eligible to apply for this fund. To apply, students must complete these components: a proposal essay, budget, positionality statement, and a plan for formally presenting your results to the BLI and to the broader community when they return to campus in the Fall semester. A letter of support from project mentor is also required; applicants are strongly advised to begin discussing your project with your mentors well in advance of the submission deadline, and mentors are urged to indicate that you have discussed plans for your project with them in detail.

Proposal essay

Students, with guidance from a faculty mentor, are eligible to receive up to $3000 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 (indicate that you have had conversations with your mentor well in advance of submitting essay) 

Mentor's letter of support must be submitted separately by project deadline.

Budget: 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 (if travel away from campus is necessary)
  • Stipend representing time spent on the project
  • Transportation 
  • Other necessary expenses

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).

Plan for presentation: A formal presentation of projects and results 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 a brief description (about a paragraph) of your plan for this presentation.


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 Q&A session: 

Q&A SESSION:TUESDAY AUGUST 3RD, 5:30-6:15 PM (zoom link: