THE KERRI RUSSELL EQUITY FUND honor’s longtime TU member and leader, Kerri Russell’s legacy, including her decade-long commitment to bolster TU’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work. TU seeks to uncover new opportunities to deepen and grow diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the organization, and specifically aims this opportunity at supporting those efforts at the local chapter or state council level.
This small grant program will provide funding directly to chapters/ councils in order to support a range of activities designed to make TU chapters and councils more inclusive and equitable. Average grants will range between $2,500 and $5,000. A broad array of activities will be considered eligible for support; however, chapters and councils will only be eligible for funding if they demonstrate past engagement in DEI training for the board or they complete TU’s diversity and inclusion basic training through EverFi. Funds sought to support DEI board training will not need to meet this pre-requisite criteria, and supporting chapter/ council board DEI training will be a priority for the review committee. The committee will review grants on a rolling basis every 45 days.