Hillsborough Community College is one of 19 colleges and universities — and the only Florida institution — to receive grant awards totaling $625,000 from the Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity.
The fund, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, was created after last year’s racially motivated violence at the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville.
“As a philanthropic leader, Lumina shares a deep passion and concern about the nation’s racial climate, especially on college campuses,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, in a statement. “These campuses have shown a willingness and capacity to address racial disparities at a systemic level.”
Lumina, in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, evaluated 312 grant applications. Each of the 19 institutions chosen by Lumina and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors was awarded one-time grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000
According to HCC’s project description, the college will “broaden existing racial justice programming by initiating a streaming web platform to engage remote students and by increasing campus-wide programming through its Diversity Council.”
HCC educates more than 44,000 students each year, and its 160 academic programs are supported by more than 2,000 faculty and staff members.