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The Driving Change program aims to effect lasting culture change on research university campuses by creating a more inclusive learning environment for all. Its goal is to support undergraduate students, including people who have historically been excluded from science because of their background, so that they may excel in STEM and assume leadership roles in the field.  

This initiative encourages a comprehensive approach to culture change with three interlocking elements:

  • The Driving Change Learning Community, which brings together 38 institutions 
  • institution-centered programming that will significantly increase the inclusivity of the university’s STEM learning environment 
  • student-centered programs that enable all students to succeed, universities to commit to and value that success, and faculty to assume responsibility for the success of all students

HHMI made its first Driving Change grants in 2022 and second round in 2023, awarding $2.5 million each to twelve universities from the learning community to further their institution- and student-focused efforts: the University at Albany; the University of California, Los Angeles; Illinois State University; Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; University of Montana; the Ohio State University; Rice University, Rutgers University – Camden;  University of Maryland Eastern Shore; the University of Vermont; and University of Virginia.  

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Driving Change Learning Community – Institutions

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • City College of New York
  • Clarkson University
  • Clemson University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Florida International University
  • Illinois State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University - Camden
  • Tufts University
  • University at Albany
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Montana
  • University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of Utah
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Wayne State University