Hamline News

Inclusion and Excellence Initiative Receives Grant

A new Hamline initiative inspired by President Miller’s vision for seeking solutions to Saint Paul’s (and more broadly, Minnesota’s) challenges in determining how to bring about inclusivity and equity in Minnesota communities has received a $10,000 grant from the Saint Paul Foundation.

The fatal shooting of Philando Castile in early July in Falcon Heights, just a stone’s throw from the Hamline University campus, and the ongoing protests at precincts and in front of the Governor’s Residence (which is across the street from Hamline University’s home for its president) calling for justice, have been stark examples of the work ahead that our communities have in finding common ground on the issues of race, equity, justice, and inclusion.

“We cannot sit back and pretend that what is happening in our communities is not impacting us all,” President Fayneese Miller said.

This pilot project will bring together stakeholders in Saint Paul and surrounding communities to discuss, research, and define concrete outcomes toward building equity. Initial efforts include convening college and university presidents to discuss how a collaborative approach to this work could happen, as well as discussions with Hamline’s Center for Justice and Law to determine how the Center can lead aspects of the project.

President Miller met with the Pioneer Press editorial board to discuss this project and her vision for conversations about race, equity, and justice.

“We need the conversation [that President Miller’s initiative will provide] so we understand the pain and the issue at hand. We need the conversation so we can identify those who want to help in our efforts from every different angle,” Minnesota Philanthropy Partners President and CEO, Dr. Eric Jolly, told the Pioneer Press.

You can read more about the news in the Pioneer Press.