The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has expanded there Inclusive Excellence initiative to 57 schools after accepting an additional 33 colleges and universities for 2018.  The institute received applications from almost 600 schools around the nation and finalized there selections after two rounds of review.  The initiative aims to engage students in the field of science in an effort to increase representation among underrepresented ethnic minorities, first-generation college students, and/or working adults with families.

Each school “will receive $1 million in grant support over five years and work with HHMI and its partner, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), to engage in the process of culture change.”  The five year commitment from each institution will include an evaluation process to discover how to best create change.

To help keep institutions focused on achieving real change, HHMI and AAC&U have developed an assessment tool called “Progress towards Inclusive Excellence through Reflection,” or PIER. PIER is a set of nine questions that will guide institutions in considering the impact of their efforts and identifying places where they may need to change their approach.