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National Grant for Inclusive Teaching in STEM

The grant will help advance diversity, equity and inclusion goals over the next six years.

Cal Poly received a $475,000 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) toward advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, goals over the next six years among educators who teach STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
It joins 103 other U.S. colleges and universities to be awarded funding from the medical research nonprofit’s Inclusive Excellence 3 (IE3) Program that is part of an initiative designed to encourage a more-inclusive learning environment for underrepresented STEM students.

“Cal Poly has a unique and historically grounded responsibility to address racial and economic inequality in California and the nation,” said Camille O’Bryant, the associate dean for Student Success and Welfare and Issues of Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Science and Mathematics and the university's HHMI IE3 program director. “We are therefore committed to transforming how we promote and evaluate inclusive teaching practices so that we can better create learning environments where all students thrive.”

HHMI established seven Learning Community Clusters (LCCs) in this current funding round to address inclusive excellence in STEM education. Since the program began, HHMI has awarded $60 million in grants to 161 schools.