Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

COVID-19 Support for HBCUs

COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting communities of color in the U.S. and is on the rise among young adults. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is pleased to provide financial support to Historically Black Colleges and Universities participating in The Just Project, an initiative to increase access to COVID-19 diagnostic testing to reach campuses and their students.

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What We're Learning: Dr. Estela Bensimon

Dr. Estela Bensimon, founder of the Center for Urban Education at USC and recent winner of the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, reflects on her decades of experience advising on racial equity and offers practical advice to higher education leaders and practitioners.

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Resources for higher ed during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we all live, work and learn. These abrupt changes, coupled with recent incidents of racial injustice, have laid bare the inequities in our higher education system. We’re sharing new information on the foundation’s priorities for supporting students and institutions as well as resources for the higher education community and guidance from education and health officials.

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Intermediaries For Scale

Our Intermediaries for Scale, a diverse group of 13 organizations, will work with a broad range of partners and at least 300 colleges and universities in the coming years to promote and support widespread institutional transformation, including fundamental change in culture, structure, and business models and operations to address evolving student needs.

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Areas of Focus



See the latest videos, speeches, and blog posts from the field so we can work together to ensure higher education is a bridge–not a barrier–to opportunity. View All Posts


Evolution and Revolution

By Patrick Methvin Today is a big day for the Postsecondary Success strategy and our shared efforts to dramatically increase student success and eliminate race and income as predictors of that success, as we announce the launch of our Intermediaries for Scale. This diverse group of 13 organizations will work with a broad range of […]

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