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Hamline University School of Education Wins Grant from State of Minnesota


Hamline University School of Education recently secured a $250,000 Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund) grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE).

The HSE GEER funds will provide additional financial stability and increase access to technology for students of color, indigenous students and students with disabilities, and it will support faculty mentoring and curriculum development to better serve these groups of underserved students.

Rebecca Neal, Ph.D. is an associate professor who also directs the Center for Urban Education and Teaching (CEUT), submitted the successful proposal with Associate Dean of Graduate Programs Linette Werner, Ph.D.

“Hamline’s CEUT meant that the School of Education was well-positioned for success in this grant application,” said Neal.”The fact that we received the maximum allowable funding is a clear indication of the importance of our history, the work we are doing and our plans for the future.”

In addition to receiving money for direct financial and technology support for students, Neal is looking forward to building improved structures of collaboration, mentoring and community building among students pursuing careers in K-12 teaching.

“News of the award is a wonderful way to head into the new school year,” said Werner. “We will be able to further advance our teacher licensure program equity through faculty development activities.”

Hamline was one of only five Minnesota private colleges to be accepted for this grant and one of the few to receive the maximum amount. The Hamline proposal was one of 22 proposals that were fully funded by Minnesota’s OHE.