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.

Metropolitan State U Denver of Offer Free Tuition to Indigenous Students

In the fall of 2022, the Metropolitan State University of Denver will begin offering free tuition to students who are enrolled in any of the 574 Indigenous nations recognized by the federal government.

Harvard U Dedicates $100M to Legacy of Slavery Report Recommendations

The report of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery released in late April describes the university's historical ties to slavery and how they contributed to the institution's rise. The report also offers a series of recommendations, including the inauguration of a $100 million fund to implement the recommendations and a sustained endowment.

New Mexico Passes Bill to Make College Tuition-Free

The governor recently signed into law a bill that will waive tuition for any students attending any in-state public school or tribal college, including community colleges. In addition to covering full tuition and fees at in-state public colleges and universities, the scholarship lets students stack federal aid such as Pell Grants, local scholarships and private scholarships so that they can use these funds to pay for books, materials, housing, food, transportation, childcare and other college costs.

Tufts U Establishes Indigenous Center

The university recently selected Vernon Miller as the inaugural director of the new Indigenous Center. Miller, a member of the Thunder Clan from the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa, will develop and implement programming and support mechanisms with and for the Tufts’ Indigenous student population.

U Ottawa to Divest From Fossil Fuels

The university recently announced that it will divest all its direct equity fossil fuel holdings by 2023 and all indirect holdings by 2030. The university also announced plans to set a 10 percent target of its overall long-term portfolio to be committed to sustainable investments by the end of 2025.

U Alabama Renames Hall After First Black Student

The university's board of trustees unanimously voted recently to remove the name of a former Ku Klux Klan leader from a campus building and rename it for the first Black student to attend the institution, Autherine Lucy Foster.

Ontario Tech U Signs Charter on Anti-Black Racism

Ontario Tech recently joined Canada’s post-secondary community in committing to the principles and objectives of the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education. The Scarborough Charter outlines principles, actions and accountabilities to build practices of ongoing dialogue and action that remove structural barriers to equity, to yield inclusion, substantive equality and social transformation.

U Albany Adopts Official Land Acknowledgement

The University at Albany, part of the State University of NY system, has adopted an official land acknowledgment that recognizes the homelands of the Kanien’keháka and Muh-he-con-neok people upon which the campus resides.