University of Oregon recieves $4.5 million grant, largest award in school history

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon has received a $4.5 million dollar grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a new research initiative and institute.

It is the largest humanities award in school history.

The initiative will support a research platform for racial and climate justice.

The school says the Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice will be a collaboration between leaders from UO’s College of Arts, along with the Sciences and College of Design.

UO says the institute will also improve access to higher education for under-represented communities and first generation college students, through a postdoctoral scholars program.

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Mariah Mills
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.