Penn State has received a $3.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs.
According to a Penn State press release, the Mellon grant is intended to support and expand Penn State programs such as the Conventions of Color Project and the Center for Black Digital Research.
The project will be led by four faculty co-principal investigators, each leading it for one year. The four are Dr. Amy Allen, head of the Department of Philosophy; Dr. P. Gabrielle Foreman, founding director of the Conventions of Color Project and co-director of the Center for Black Digital Research (CBDR); Dr. Cynthia Young, Head of the Department of African American Studies; and Dr. Shirley Moody-Turner, CBDR Co-Director.
“The University has made substantial investments in African American studies over the past few years, and this grant allows us to build on that investment,” Young said. “When foundations partner with units like ours, we can advance that investment by encouraging faculty and student research into the intellectual and policy contributions of Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color (BIPOC) across all fields and disciplines , while increasing the number of BIPOC faculty and faculty students.”