Transforming the Humanities is an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation which looks to improve outcomes and post-graduation success for underserved students by addressing three major gaps in undergraduate education: (1) the limited participation of underserved students in undergraduate research; 2) the limited exposure of underserved students to the benefits of study in the humanities; and (3) the limited integration of undergraduate research within the humanities, particularly with respect to interdisciplinary research.

Addressing these three gaps has the potential to transform undergraduate education by harnessing the well-established benefits of both instruction in the humanities as well as participation in undergraduate research. Equipping this group of students with the skills (e.g., critical thinking, collaboration, communication) that such experiences provide will strengthen our communities and, ultimately set the stage for innovation in the humanities for a new generation of developing humanists.

A New Vision For the Humanities: