The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation donated $2.5 million to Five Colleges Consortium to support the development of a new Native American and Indigenous studies program.
Under the four-year grant, the Five Colleges Consortium will hire new faculty and establish new courses. Additionally, the funding will provide both scholars and experts an opportunity to collaborate on the campuses of Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, according to the consortium.
“We are honored to receive this funding from the Mellon Foundation,” said Dr. Sarah Pfatteicher, executive director of Five Colleges. “This award represents the Mellon Foundation’s continued support for the consortium and the significant work our member campuses are doing to advance the humanities in service of society. Importantly, it also recognizes our efforts to build sustained, reciprocal relationships with Native American scholars and communities, and will support further efforts in this area.”