We are pleased to announce that the University of Utah is one of 24 institutions nationwide to receive a $1 million grant through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence initiative. The initiative aims to “help increase the capacity of colleges and universities to effectively engage all students, so that they can be successful in science, especially undergraduates who enter four-year institutions via nontraditional pathways.”
At the University of Utah, the grant funds will be used to establish the “Utah Pathways to STEM initiative – UPSTEM”, which will support faculty learning communities, inclusive curricula, and improved degree pathways for pre-transfer and post-transfer students from Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). Holly Godsey, Director of Student Success & Teacher Development at the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME), will direct the UPSTEM program; other core project leaders are Craig Caldwell (Dean of Science, Math and Engineering at SLCC), Jordan Gerton (Director of CSME), Martha Bradley (Senior Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies at the U), and Diane Pataki (Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the College of Science at the U).
Additional information about the project is available in the @theU newsletter.