Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

Statistics show that Black women have the second-highest rate of all new HIV infections in the United States. A new $709,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Morehouse School of Medicine to refine and test “in-the-kNOW,” a mobile app specifically designed for Black women. The goal is to incorporate portable cultural- and context-relevant messaging strategies to close information and awareness gaps in higher-risk populations. To achieve this, the app offers personalized messaging to promote HIV preventative behaviors among its users. Rasheeta Chandler, an assistant professor at the Emory University School of Nursing, is the principal investigator.

The University of Montana received an $850,000 grant from Google to support Indigenous women looking to start or grow a business in Montana. The university will collaborate with Salish Kootenai College and Blackfeet Community College to develop online programming in a variety of subjects to support new and existing female-owned businesses.

The University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Morgan State University in Baltimore are participating in a grant program to expand the pipeline of women faculty and faculty from underrepresented groups in the arts and humanities to the ranks of academic leadership. The Breaking the M.O.L.D. (Mellon/Maryland Opportunities for Leadership Development) initiative is funded by a $3 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The program will have senior faculty in the arts and humanities guide associate and full professors in skill-building seminars and leadership experiences.

Merced College in California received a three-year, $300,0000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that will fund the college’s hiring of a sexual violence prevention program manager. The new manager will be tasked with creating a community response team to assist in the response to sexual and dating violence, establish a program that educates new students of the college about sexual violence prevention, and start a bystander intervention program.


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