What is the Bellingham Technical College (BTC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Fund?
The BTC DEI Fund has been created to provide funding access to the campus-wide community to advance, support, and/or create engaged community around DEI work. Examples of items that the BTC DEI Fund could support include speaker fees, student/employee participation in training/professional development, student program development, and affinity group materials.
How do I apply for funding?
Proposals must advance, support, and/or create engaged DEI with the goal of bridging the equity gap of historically underrepresented populations in education on the BTC campus. In alignment with Senate Bill 5227, DEI encourages proposals that advance racial justice and support members of our Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) communities.
BTC community members looking to receive funding must apply for funding at least 30 days in advance of needed funding. The proposal will be reviewed by the DEI Committee at their bimonthly meetings.
The DEI Committee will prioritize the following proposals:
  • Proposals that help to create connection and commitment to working with Lummi and/or Nooksack nations.
  • Proposals that feature collaboration between students and employees, meaning both are involved in the decision-making and planning process.
  • Proposals that engage with local community partners.
How much funding can someone apply for?
There is no set amount that someone can apply for. Funds are limited, and the DEI committee would like to distribute funds to as many DEI projects/programs as possible. The suggested amount is up to $2,000.
Who is eligible for funding?
All current BTC employees and students can apply for funding.