U Hawaii Manoa Receives $1.25M for EJ Initiative

The university's College of Arts, Languages and Letters recently received a $1.25 million grant from the Mellon Foundation that will fund an interdisciplinary environmental justice (EJ) initiative within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The funding will help establish two new faculty positions, a humanities lab to develop new teaching materials, and a forum for professional development and the exchange of ideas.

Yale U Commits $10M Toward HBCUs Collaboration

The new initiative is the latest in a continuing series of university commitments in response to the findings of a long-term examination of Yale’s historical role in and association with slavery. Yale will commit $2 million annually, for a total of $10 million, to establish the Alliance for Scholarship, Collaboration, Engagement, Networking, and Development, a bidirectional initiative centered on research, teaching and access.

Furman U Sustainability Institute Receives $1M Donation

Furman University President Emeritus David E. Shi's recent $1 million gift to the endowment of The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities will ensure fellowships and its other signature programs and services.

Kwantlen Polytechnic U Waives Tuition for First Nation Students

Beginning fall 2023, the university will waive tuition for incoming and current students who are members of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Musqueam, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem First Nations. The announcement was coupled with the release of a framework to address and reduce ongoing systemic colonialism, oppression and racism toward Indigenous people.

Concordia U Releases Event Guide With Social Sustainability

In addition to environmental considerations, the newly released sustainable event guide includes inclusion and accessibility goals, such as having diverse representation among organizers of large events and choosing locations that are accessible for those with mobility, visual or cognitive needs. The guide also reinforces the use of territorial acknowledgments, a practice that aims to include and recognize Indigenous people and perspectives, and fosters awareness and respect from non-Indigenous participants.

U California Irvine Launches Center for Liberation, Anti-Racism and Belonging

The Center for Liberation, Anti-Racism and Belonging (C-LAB) launching this fall seeks to foster research communities that are grounded in addressing issues related to race, Indigeneity and migration.

U Illinois Chicago Receives $1.5M for Social Justice Initiative

The university's Portal Project, which launched in 2021 and focuses on abolition, economic democracy and climate justice, has received a $1.5 million grant from the Marguerite Casey Foundation. The grant will be used to expand its work at the intersection of social justice scholarship and social movements, culminating in a national conference and book publication.

Dartmouth College Adopts No-Loan Financial Aid Policy

Dartmouth recently announced the removal of all federal and institutional loans from its undergraduate financial aid awards and replacing them with expanded scholarship grants.