Hartwick College Receives Mellon Grant to Support Diverse Student Population

October 5, 2017

Hartwick College has received a two-year, $50,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support curricular innovation that will enhance the educational experience for all students in the College’s increasingly diverse student population.

The profile of Hartwick students is changing. Enrollment of first-year new-majority students has tripled from 10% in 2008 to 30% in 2016, when Hartwick enrolled 1,396 students from 33 states and 34 countries, and 15% of students were the first in their families to attend college.

“The increasing diversity of the Hartwick College student body is something that we celebrate,” said Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich. “This blend of culture, background, and experiences has made the learning experience richer and more rewarding for students, faculty, and staff. It has also challenged us to explore new approaches to engage learners to assure their success. The Mellon Officer’s Grant will allow us to better serve all Hartwick students to the benefit of our entire community.”

Funds from the Mellon grant will be used to: conduct a student campus climate study to determine how the College can best meet the learning needs of all students; fund workshops for faculty and staff on the development of inclusive pedagogy; and fund a faculty mini-grant program to further enhance curricular development. The student campus climate study will be guided by the College’s Campus Wide Diversity Committee and will build upon the findings of focus groups conducted in the spring of 2017. The results will inform the development of initiatives that will enhance the College’s academic and social support of all students.

This is the fifth grant awarded to the College by the Mellon Foundation.

Since 2008, the College has received more than 150 grants from public and private foundations, the majority of which have strengthened the student learning experience.

For additional information on the grant, contact Director of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations Lisa A. Iannello at 607-431-4061 or at iannellol@hartwick.edu.