The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) a $600,000 grant to strengthen its programs in the humanities. WSSU is one of the few public HBCUs – and one of only five University of North Carolina System institutions – to receive a grant over the Mellon Foundation’s 50-year history.
The three-year grant will provide the infrastructure to support faculty development and curriculum redesign for courses in art and visual studies, English, history, and music.
“We are thrilled that the Mellon Foundation recognizes the incredible work being done here at WSSU and the potential for us to deliver transformative change,” said WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson. “We are honored to be among the few schools to receive a significant award from an organization as prestigious as the Mellon Foundation.”
Over the next three years, WSSU faculty will restructure at least 54 humanities courses – from introductory courses to the senior capstone course – to support student success.
Originally published Jan. 9, 2019.