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$20 Million Gift Addresses National STEM Diversity Gap

May 16, 2021   |   Dartmouth Communications

Dartmouth today announced a gift of $20 million from Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe '81 and John Donahoe '82 to enhance the representation, success, and leadership of historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) nationally.

Their gift honors the legacy of Dartmouth alumnus E.E. Just, the African American scientific trailblazer and valedictorian of the Class of 1907, and is a key component of a $60 million investment Dartmouth is making in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives across the institution.

President Philip J. Hanlon '77 announced the Donahoe gift at the 222nd meeting of the Dartmouth Alumni Council held virtually this past Friday.

"Talent is equally distributed, even if opportunity is not," said President Hanlon. "Through this extraordinary gift, Dartmouth will pursue programs that help create a racially and ethnically diverse talent pipeline for the next generation of engineers, doctors, computer scientists, and the professors who will teach them. Eileen and John believe that Dartmouth can lead on this national issue and they are generously giving us the means to expand these proven programs." ...

... The Donahoe gift will establish a new faculty fellowship to create a cohort of six early-career faculty members in the STEM disciplines, with one fellow appointed each year for six years. The gift will support faculty recruiting and retention efforts in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Geisel School of Medicine, and Thayer School of Engineering.

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