Rutgers-Newark awarded $1.5 Million to revolutionize humanities education
Published February 5, 2019 | Manny Faces
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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Rutgers University-Newark Honors Living-Learning Community (HLLC) to “cultivate the next diverse generation of humanities scholars.”
Launched in 2015, the HLLC is a “transformational college access program,” which focuses on increasingly diverse student populations, providing them with the proper resources and guidance to become leaders and change agents in a rapidly changing global landscape. With this mission in mind, the HLLC will use the grant award to create the Clement A. Price Humanities Scholars Program, an initiative that will continue to ensure diversity among humanities scholars.
“The humanities are absolutely central to our understanding of who we are,” stated Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor. “These are the disciplines where we do the hard work of discovering untold stories of our past and present and reweaving our individual and collective narratives. Doubling down on doing that hard work is critically important at a time when divisions among us appear to be growing and hardening.”
The program, named after the late Clement A. Price, a Rutgers-Newark distinguished professor, supports the HLLC’s approach of focusing on students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the humanities.
“Price Scholars will take their first three courses in the program as part of the full HLLC cohort, providing a framework to explore social inequities and themes related to engaged citizenship,” said HLLC Dean Timothy K. Eatman. “Following that, they will take several elective courses in the humanities and a humanities research methods course before then embarking on guided research projects in the humanities, culminating in a capstone course research project, with close mentoring by faculty, staff, and professionals throughout.”
Through scholarships, individualized mentorship, funded research, and the support of the HLLC network, students will receive a plethora of resources to further the mission to diversify the humanities.
“We know that the talent pool we have right here in front of us in Newark and in diverse communities across New Jersey, one of the nation’s most diverse states, is up to the task!” said Cantor. “Fully cultivating that talent is among the highest priorities for our university and for the nation as a whole, and we could not be more excited—nor more grateful—to be able to partner with the Mellon Foundation on this crucial initiative.”
The first cohort of Price Scholars will be selected for the Fall 2019 semester from current HLLC sophomore students and incoming transfer students accepted into the HLLC.
Undergraduates aspiring to transfer to earn their bachelor’s degrees and then pursue graduate school and career paths in the humanities and related disciplines should apply to Rutgers University – Newark by February 1, selecting the HLLC option, in order to receive an invitation to the interview process.