In 2008, a collaboration of five colleges (Goucher, McDaniel, Ursinus, Washington, and Washington & Jefferson) was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to implement a three-year project to improve student learning and engagement by assessing and enhancing diversity initiatives inside and outside the classroom.

Planning teams from each school meet jointly and with their own campus communities to develop themes and questions to be pursued during campus visits. Following these visits, each college develops small-scale changes to diversity initiatives that will ultimately lead to large-scale changes during and following the grant period. These changes will be assessed through quantitative measures and during subsequent annual campus visits from other members. Supplementing this assessment will be the inauguration of Teagle Diversity Fellows, cohorts of student researchers who will conduct research in diversity issues during the summer under the mentorship of faculty.

To learn more about the Teagle Grant and how you can participate, contact Bryan Coker, vice president and dean of students, at 410-337-6150.