Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gives $33 Million to Support Diversity and Inclusion

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has made grants of $1 million to 33 colleges and universities to promote the inclusion of students from underrepresented groups in science education.

Erin O’Shea, the president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, stated that “this initiative is about encouraging colleges and universities to change the way they do business ­­­─ to become institutions with a significantly greater capacity for inclusion of all students, especially those from nontraditional backgrounds.”

“For years, the higher education system has focused on treating symptoms instead of addressing root causes,” says Susan Musante, a program officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. With the Inclusive Excellence initiative, she says, Howard Hughes Medical Institute is asking institutions to identify how they are standing in the way of success for certain groups of students ─ then find ways to change.”

The colleges and universities receiving the $1 million grants are:

  • Arizona State University
  • Bates College
  • Brandeis University
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • California State University, San Marcos
  • Davidson College
  • DePauw University
  • Framingham State University
  • James Madison University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Lawrence University
  • Mercy College
  • Mount Mary University
  • Norfolk State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Roosevelt University
  • Syracuse University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of Houston-Downtown
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Puerto Rico at Humacao
  • University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Utah State University
  • Vassar College
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Wellesley College
  • Wheaton College (MA)

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