Expressions Fund

This is the first year the Expressions Fund is available for student projects. The fee was established in 2016 to support students seeking to improve the campus climate as it relates to the inclusivity of student identities, particularly, but not limited to; race, gender identity, sexuality, ability, class. Projects that seek to raise consciousness amongst the student body, develop allies, and express self-identity are encouraged.

The money comes from the ASUPS student government fee; two dollars from each student’s fee is set aside for the Expressions Fund project fund. The fund is administered in two cycles, once in the Fall, and once in the Spring. Students have the opportunity to apply for both.

The fund should be utilized as a resource for students, either individually or collectively, who have relatively concrete ideas for a project.

Before you apply

Please meet with Director of Student Interests to discuss your project. She can provide additional support, clarify the application, help you finesse your proposal, and connect you with campus partners to help make your application and project more successful.

Project Eligibility

Projects must perform one or more of the following:

  • Provide resources to students and the campus community to encourage equity and inclusivity.
  • Provide educational benefit in cross-cultural understanding, and/or cultural competency in the realms of personal and group identity, social justice, and inclusivity.
  • Provide an outlet of expression for and/or build community for students of minoritised backgrounds.
  • Provides opportunities to encourage civic engagement that connects UPS students with the greater Tacoma community.

Funding Level

In the 2017-2018 academic year, up to $2,000 may be requested.


For the Fall 2017 Semester, we are piloting a monthly deadline system for the Expressions Fund. The deadlines for this semester are:

  • October 9th, 2017
  • November 7th, 2017
  • December 5th, 2017

Please submit a completed application by 5 p.m. on any of listed deadlines by for the Fall Cycle.  At this time, we are currently keeping the single fixed deadline of February 20th, 2018 at 5 p.m. for the Spring Cycle.

Download the Application Form