School of Business Diversity and Inclusivity Fund
Information on this page has been updated in September 2023.
To promote equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) for all in our community, the School of Business Diversity and Inclusivity Fund supports, for example, networks, seminar series, creative projects, mentorship schemes, public events, and work with Aalto schools or social clubs. We encourage our community members to apply, as no initiative to advance equal opportunities for all is too small for this funding.
The application period via the BIZ Diversity and Inclusivity Fund Application Form is 15 September–13 October 2023. Before filling in the application form, please read the instructions later on this page.
Towards a diverse and inclusive student pool and faculty
The School of Business aspires to have a diverse and inclusive student pool and faculty. Business is one of the most powerful ways to change the world. When diverse talents are celebrated, there are opportunities for conducting better business which in turn leads to a better society.
We actively work towards supporting current and future members of our community with diverse backgrounds. We care about the wellbeing of our students and faculty by showing respect and treating everybody fairly. We are also committed to enhancing a sense of community and sense of place – both physical and virtual – among our members. We believe that the wellbeing of our community rests on good leadership at all levels. (see https://www.aalto.fi/en/school-of-business/equality-diversity-and-inclusion-at-the-school-of-business)
- The School of Business Diversity and Inclusivity Fund has one or two application period(s) per year – now open from 15 September until 13 October in 2023. Awarded projects should start by May 2024 at the latest, and the funding is to be used by the end of 2025.
- The School has reserved up to 10 000 euros in total for the projects to be funded. The budget for a single project should not exceed 5000 euros.
Rules and conditions
- All projects must abide by the Aalto Code of Conduct.
- This funding is not intended to cover already existing activities.
- All funded projects will be expected to have one of the team members write a news story for the Aalto University webpage about their activities within 4 weeks of the project completion at the latest.
- The funding is open to all members of staff and students who are affiliated with the School of Business.
- The proposals will be evaluated based on potential impact, based on the level of support the project will provide, and the number of people it will reach.
- We encourage projects that are not limited to one department or student club;
- An impactful project could provide substantial help to a small group, or a small amount of help to a large group.
- All projects will be considered, however to avoid duplicating efforts, collaboration may be suggested between two similar applications, or between an application and an already existing project.
- Applications will be judged by a committee led by the Associate Dean of Research and final decisions will be approved by the Dean.
- Salaries are funded only in very exceptional cases, so please contact the committee chair person (information below) before sending your proposal if this is what you need funding for.
- The committee members are happy to be consulted on potential proposals before submission, and potential applicants are encouraged to get in touch with us before finalizing their proposal.
- The School of Business Communications team will assist in promoting the project, but the main responsibility for promotion remains with the project teams.
For some ideas and inspiration, some projects that have been selected for funding at Aalto SCI:
- Making Waves: Seminar series addressing the gender and diversity imbalance in academia
- Color of Science: Engaging Critical Perspectives from Scientists of Color
- The Painting Energies Podcast: Creating an experience-based podcast series on artscience
- Master's thesis on co-creative service design in context of LGBT+ minority (read about the author)
- The Feminist Futures Helsinki hackathon
- A DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) workshop for the Athene guild
- Kaleidoscope Cinema: a movie series on diversity topics
- Increasing minority representation through video exercise solutions