Welcome to the SEED IDEAS website! Formerly known as the Diversity and Equity Initiative Award, we have changed the name to reflect what diversity can bring to our university and the larger community.

SEED IDEAS represent, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success. These initiatives facilitate diversity through dimensions that address culture, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion and disability. It is our intention to facilitate the implementation of diversity initiatives through a variety of projects that make a concerted effort to meet the core value of the University of Hawaii system goal for diversity. This goal states:

“Diversity, fairness, and equity: Society is best served by ensuring that all populations are represented equitably throughout the University of Hawai‘i system. Diverse perspectives contribute to the University’s commitment to root out prejudice and injustice.”

The application process will continue to be open to all eligible University of Hawaiʻi campuses throughout the state. Applications are accepted in February and September with a systemwide review committee meeting twice a year to determine awards. The review committee has awarded projects that carry out diversity measures through research, outreach and recruitment, speaker series, performance, art, trainings and workshops. The coordination and administration of SEED IDEAS is through the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED).

Questions and comments can be directed to Pua Auyong-White,