The Dively Committee

About the Dively Committee

Founded in 1991 with a generous gift from Mike Dively ’61, The Dively Committee for Human Sexuality and Diversity is a non-standing committee composed of students, staff, and faculty.  The committee was established to support programming at Williams that promotes “an understanding of human sexuality and sexual orientation and their impact on culture” and a “respect for and awareness of the diversity of human sexuality and diversity.”

How the funds can be used or are typically used

The endowed fund’s annual earnings are devoted to on-campus events that focus broadly on gender and sexuality, with a special emphasis on queer culture. The Dively Committee welcomes proposals that address issues of broad community interest and engage the entire campus, including students, staff, and faculty. Funds are thus rarely available for individual projects, but will be considered on an occasional basis at the discretion of the committee if they contribute to queer life.  Funds are not available for individual or group travel.

Who can request money

Any faculty, staff, student, or student organization can request funding from the Dively Committee.  Successful proposals engage the entire campus community and often include a combination of lectures, workshops, performances, or events, with class visits, meetings, and meals with students, staff, and faculty.

Proposals must also demonstrate an attempt to raise funds from a diverse set of groups on campus (ideally 3-6) who can collaboratively fund, support, and advertise your event. The Dively Committee rarely funds more than 50% or more than $1000 for any single event. Most proposals are awarded between $100 and $1000, higher contributions may be requested, but will be decided at the discretion of the committee.

Requesting Funding

Funding currently suspended.

Dively proposals should not be submitted via the Davis Center or Supplemental Funding Form, which are separate sources of funding. For more on those resources, contact the Davis Center and the Office of Student Life.

Deadlines for 2019-2020

Proposals should be submitted by no later than 5PM on:

  • October 28
  • November 18
  • February 25
  • April 21st

Funding decisions and notifications will follow shortly after these deadlines. We advise applicants to plan ahead for their events and use the deadline that is most appropriate. We will continue to fund proposals until the year’s budget has been exhausted.

Follow-up Report

No later than 1 week after the event, organizers must send a brief report (of no more than 1 page) to the Dively Committee chair.  The report should include:

  • summary of the event
  • number of people in attendance
  • impact of the event on the Williams community


Contact the chair of the Dively Committee for 2019-2020:

Carmen Whalen, [email protected]