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Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5200)
Dini Metro-Roland (Project Director: May 2016 to present)

Humanities for Everybody Program

Scholarships for first-generation college-age students to participate in Humanities for Everybody, as well as program expansion.

Humanities for Everybody (H4E) provides members of greater Kalamazoo, Michigan with a series of rigorous, humanities courses taught by experienced Western Michigan University faculty. Inspired by the writings of Earl Shorris, H4E faculty seek to empower members of the community who traditionally lack access to higher education to lead more active and confident public lives. H4E classes combine a Socratic style of teaching with an intimate and supportive classroom environment that enables students with a variety of academic skills and life experience to engage deeply with complex questions of life. While H4E courses are open to all adults, our targeted population has always been Kalamazoo’s economically disadvantaged populations and communities of color. The funding from NEH and other sources will enable H4E to expand our program to serve first-generation college students in what would constitute as a bridge year between high school and their freshman year.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Humanities Access Grants

Challenge Grants

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Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 9/30/2020