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Driving Change for Good With a $2.5 Million Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Kwangwon Lee
Ron Downes, Jr.

November 16, 2023

To support lasting cultural progress on campus so underrepresented STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) undergraduate students can excel and graduate, the Driving Change Initiative at Rutgers–Camden has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Over five years, the grant will help create inclusive environments, promote student success, and address institutional obstacles that create barriers to inclusion.

Rutgers–Camden is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Minority Serving Institution as more than 50 percent of its students are racial minorities. While the university is committed to a way of life where all students feel welcome, valued, and respected, historically excluded STEM students have lagged behind Asian and white students in retention and graduation rates.

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