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Innovation Grants

JASPA awards a limited number of grants each academic year to advance the goals and values of the association. JASPA members may apply for Innovation Grants for the purpose of applying current research to address pressing issues in Jesuit student affairs. While all projects that address the goals and values of JASPA are welcome, special emphasis will be placed on those that are focused on efforts promoting diversity and inclusion. In addition, whenever possible, projects that foster collaboration across departments and/or colleges and universities are encouraged.


Grant Application

The 2024 application is here! Submit your Innovations Grant Application Today!



Proposals will be accepted until all funding is dispersed however priority will be given to proposals received by Monday, April 8, 2024. Decisions will be made and communicated between May and June, and grants will be awarded in the new fiscal year. More information will be shared in upcoming newsletters.

Please contact Patrick Rogers at (JASPA Innovation Grants Chair, College of the Holy Cross) if you have any questions or if you are interested in serving on a committee to review grant applications. The commitment of reviewing applications will be limited to a period of a few weeks during April.



Up to $10,000 will be available to fund these initiatives each year.



Projects should address one or more of the following JASPA goals:

  • To articulate and promote the distinctive mission, traditions, and values of Jesuit Catholic higher education;
  • To engage contemporary culture and explore contemporary issues that impact Jesuit Catholic higher education;
  • To develop and disseminate standards and best practices that advance the work of student affairs professionals at Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities;
  • To provide leadership on national issues of importance that impact Catholic higher education.

Projects should promote one or more of the following JASPA values: 

  • Excellence: a commitment to professional engagement in practice and scholarship
  • Integrity: a commitment to professional ethics and Ignatian spirituality
  • Service: a commitment to work that promotes justice
  • Inclusion: a commitment to supporting diverse leadership and participation
  • Leadership: a commitment to values-based leading and learning



Grant applications will be accepted from the following:

  • Student affairs professionals at JASPA institutions;
  • Faculty members in higher education or student affairs graduate programs at JASPA institutions for projects specifically on Jesuit and/or Catholic higher education;
  • Doctoral students in higher education programs at JASPA institutions for dissertations specifically on Jesuit and/or Catholic higher education;
  • Doctoral students who are affiliate members of JASPA for dissertations specifically on Jesuit and/or Catholic higher education.



If you have questions about JASPA grants, please contact the Innovation Grants Committee Chair (Patrick Rogers, College of the Holy Cross,


Past Grant Recipients


Queer Book Fair: Celebrating culture with the written word
Jamie Bartlett, PhD
Gonzaga University

The A Team
Sarah Shaaban
Arrupe College of Loyola Chicago

Cura Apostolica: Jesuit Higher Education’s Support for the Development of Social Justice and Inclusion Professional Competencies in Student Affairs 
Lisha K.M. McGrue
Loyola Marymount University

One Family: First-Gen Family Pre-Fall Program
Mary Beth Mudric 

Loyola University Maryland

Student DEI and Mission Liaison Program 
Dr. Victoria L. Martin 
Saint Louis University

SJU's "All-Inclusive": The OLR Sensory-Friendly Study Space 
Kris Goldberg
Saint Joseph's University 


Student Mental Well-Being Support Fund
Cynthia Terry
Loyola University Maryland

Root to Rise Retreat: A Retreat for Sexual Assault Survivors
Eileen T Suhrhoff, Psy.D.
Boston College

USF Gender Inclusive Housing Welcome Day
Malibu Taylor
University of San Francisco

Nourish LUC
Mira Krivoshey
Loyola University Chicago


Introducing the Ignatian Organizational Culture Framework for Student Facing Staff at Jesuit Universities
Patrick Furlong
Loyola Marymount University

Campus Sensory Room: Serving & Supporting a Diverse Student Population
Kendra Johnston, Andrew Erdmann & Sarah Zimmerman
Saint Louis University

Casa Belize Cultural Exchange & Literacy Project
Brian Sokol & Tom Hare
Saint Louis University

DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Student Leadership Series
Matthew Quick & Leslie Doyle
Rockhurst University


Black Women Matter: A Retreat
Katie Dalton
Boston College

Graduate Leadership Program
Carole Hughes
Boston College

Restorative Justice Conference Facilitators Apprenticeship & Phase Two Implementation
John Orozco, Julia Wade & Schoene Mahmood
Loyola Marymount University


Professional Development for Women of Color Student Affairs Administrators
Paige Gardner
Loyola University Chicago

Radical Hospitality
Ophelie Rowe Allen
Fairfield University

Sophomore Cura Experience
Ashley Williams, Joe Saucedo & Betsi Burns
Loyola University Chicago