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College Receives $125,000 Grant for Inclusiveness Effort

October 11, 2013

Laurie Morrissey
Communications and Marketing
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The college has received a $125,000 grant funds from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation to enhance inclusiveness efforts. The funds will be used over two years to aid programming at the Father Jonathan Multicultural Center and to support the success of minority students, according to William Ploog, director of sponsored programs and research.

A student listens to a classroom lectureTauna Sisco, assistant professor of sociology and co-chair of the President's Steering Committee for Inclusiveness, wrote the grant proposal with William Ploog. Yemi Mahoney, director of the Multicultural Center, played an integral part in the grant-writing process by offering insight on students of varying ethnic and racial backgrounds and their needs.

Tauna Sisco now co-chairs the steering committee with biology professor Dan Lavoie.

The new grant helps Saint Anselm College ensure that the campus is a welcoming environment for students of all ethnic and racial backgrounds. A major focus of the grant is minority retention. Nationwide, there are disparities in college retention rates between minorities and other students.

"It has always been the committee's goal to seek outside funding for our inclusiveness programming. This will allow us to implement new practices and programs, which will be evaluated as we move forward," Sisco says.

The grant money could potentially be used for purchasing or subsidizing textbooks, providing emergency loans to students, and implementing mentoring programs through the Multicultural Center. There also will be an effort to address inclusiveness and service-learning, where community service is combined with an academic course.

Enhancing inclusiveness is part of the college's strategic plan, "Vision 2015: Looking Within-Reaching Beyond."  The college has incorporated numerous initiatives to address diversity and inclusiveness on campus, including the establishment of the multicultural center.