The University of Virginia IDEA Fund is an Alumni Interest Group that works in close collaboration with the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI).
As Trustees, we provide action-oriented leadership [link to initiatives] in support of the
University of Virginia’s aim to be accessible, equitable, diverse and inclusive.
The University of Virginia IDEA Fund will be the most influential vehicle for alumni
passionate about inclusion, diversity, equity and access to ensure that these values
permeate the University community, culture and climate
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Objectives + Programs
IDEA Fund trustees conceive and implement a project or projects to promote a “Big IDEA.” The Trustees identify departments, persons, committees, or other established areas of the institution that might take ownership of advocating for and serving the action-items stemming from each “Big IDEA,” allowing its benefits to enmesh in University culture and policy.
- The IDEA Fund’s inaugural “Big IDEA” began in 2011 with the aim to enhance public knowledge of the University’s early history as it relates to slavery.
- The Fund’s second “Big IDEA” is the Early ID Program. This program was established in 2013 to increase the yield and pool of high quality diversity and low-income applications to the University.
In addition to supporting “Big Ideas”, the IDEA Fund awards mini grants of up to $500 to student-led, innovative projects that promote a diverse and inclusive culture at the University each semester. Since the inception we have supported over 25 student groups and/or projects and have given over $30K in grants. We are continuously looking to support projects that meet our organizations goals to support so please reach out to the student organizations you were a part of and make sure they know of this opportunity.