Overview of the HHMI Grant
Mentoring Black Student Academic Excellence at UNM and Creating a STEM Equity Bank
Funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Inclusive Excellence 3 (IE3) Learning Community Clusters (LCC) 2 Grant to UNM.
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant to UNM seeks to increase capacity to support equitable and inclusive learning environments for introductory-level STEM students in a 14-institution learning community. The PI is Pamela Cheek.
- The Division for Equity and Inclusion (DEI) received a sub-award for a program, titled, Mentoring Black Student Excellence at UNM and Creating a STEM Equity Bank, Co-PI Assata Zerai. For more info on HHMI, see: https://www.hhmi.org/science-education/programs/inclusive-excellence-3-learning-community
- DEI, African American Student Services, and the Department of Africana Studies are collaborating to lead this grant.
- The project provides support for six years (2022-2028).
- 2022-23 Participants:
- Approximately 10 faculty and staff mentors
- Research team of approximately 5 faculty and staff
- 15 first -year students who participated in the African American Student Services (AASS) Summer Bridge Academy in 2022
Purpose of the Grant
- help to build some organic connections between African American Student Services (AASS), Africana Studies, and Black faculty and staff at UNM
- strengthen retention of Black students
- give rise to a STEM Equity Bank, so that the best practices learned from our faculty and from the project, can be shared across the region and nation