The Big 12 Violence and Discrimination Awareness and Prevention Fund (VDAPF) grants Iowa State University $30,000 a year for 4 years, ending in 2023. According to fund guidelines, the money must be used to fund “campus-wide prevention efforts focused on sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, intimate partner violence and stalking, including, but not limited to, programming addressing healthy relationships, LGBTQ+ discrimination, and bystander awareness.”

Gender and Sexual Diversity Initiatives in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will support campus-wide prevention efforts by funding initiatives that meet the VDAPF guidelines.


Current funded intiatives (listed by lead office)

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • GSD@ISU online learning platform providing education about gender and sexual diversity topics
  • StepUp! bystander awareness and education

Office of Equal Opportunity

  • Consent is BAE 2
  • Annual ISU summit addressing campus sexual assault

Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity

  • Transition guide for employees and employers
  • Survivor support groups
  • Trauma and survivor support training
  • Gender and sexuality reading groups
  • We Lead conference support
  • Employee communities of practice
  • Healthy LGBTQIA+ relationships programming

Student Health and Wellness

Women's and Gender Studies Program

  • Visiting scholar - Tanya Grae
  • GSD pedagogy workshop
  • Non-binary workplace attire workshops

ISU Athletics

  • Huddle Up programming for athletes, coaches and staff

Department of Residence

  • Book study series for employees


Interested in funding?

Gender and Sexual Diversity Initiatives (GSDI) is seeking campus partners who would benefit from the VDAPF at ISU.  If you are developing or currently conducting a program that aligns with the Big 12 guidelines, contact us to discuss possible VDAPF funding.