The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the University of Minnesota for the interdisciplinary Heritage Studies and Public History (HSPH) graduate program in the College of Design. Awarded over the course of two years, the grant will provide support for students and their collaborative work with community partners.
“Continued support from The Mellon Foundation enables HSPH to train heritage professionals who bring critical perspectives on how the past offers insights for a more just and equitable future,” said Greg Donofrio, associate professor and co-founder of the program.
Donofrio, alongside College of Liberal Arts professors Kevin P. Murphy and Katherine Hayes, and Chris Taylor, chief inclusion officer for the Office of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, created the program to address the lack of diversity in education and professional development in the heritage fields.
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