ICGC is pleased to announce that the William Randolph Hearst Foundation has awarded an interinstitutional partnership grant to ICGC together with partners at Morehouse College and Spelman College to support a graduate school preparation initiative for underrepresented students at the three institutions. Dr. Karen Brown (Director of ICGC, University of Minnesota) collaborated with Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris (Division Chair of Humanities, Morehouse College) to initiate this project. An interinstitutional group of faculty to launch the planning process for this new initiative is underway.
This exciting news comes at an important time for both Morehouse and Spelman colleges as two of the top historically black colleges (HBCUs) in the nation, both founded after the Civil War to provide access and equity in education for African Americans. Morehouse College is the only higher education institution committed to educating Black men while Spelman college is dedicated to the education of women of African descent. At the University of Minnesota and ICGC in particular this timing is crucial as we seek to understand and address race and inequities both in Minnesota and globally. Each of our institutions aims to prepare students to work toward a more equitable world.
This initiative also builds on the Global Issues Honors Consortium (supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation) and its predecessor the Undergraduate Honors Program (supported by funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation) which were offered by ICGC from 1995-2010. These programs sought to increase the number of highly qualified and well-prepared students of color and others committed to increasing diversity in global scholarship in graduate and professional programs in fields related to global studies. The two programs grew from partnerships with several other institutions partnering with the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities to offer a rigorous academic curriculum and mentoring in research and writing. The most recent version of the program included a study abroad component in South Africa in partnership with the University of the Western Cape (and with the Aya Centre in Ghana in 2009). Partner schools have included the University of Minnesota–Morris; Tougaloo College; Dillard University; the schools of the Atlanta University Center (Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta); Morris Brown University; and the Chicago State University, some of which are Historically Black Colleges and Universities.