Pomona’s newly created Institute for Inclusive Excellence will benefit from an $800,000 grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The six-year grant is part of the HHMI Inclusive Excellence initiative, which incentivizes four-year colleges and universities to build capacity for inclusion on their own campuses, especially in the sciences. Pomona is one of 108 schools across the country that were invited to take part in HHMI’s current Inclusive Excellence 3 initiative. Most of the grant will go directly toward supporting programming through the College’s new institute, which is co-directed by Travis Brown and Professor of Biology Sharon Stranford. Pomona’s initial focus is on faculty and staff professional development in inclusive teaching and mentorship.