Rose-Hulman looks to boost diversity work with $1M donation

January 17, 2018

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in western Indiana is planning to work on improving the diversity of its faculty and staff with a $1.1 million donation.

The Terre Haute school says that graduate Richard L. Conn gave the money to the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Rose-Hulman officials say the money will also fund initiatives for courses in emerging technical areas and addressing the demand for more college graduates with computer science and software engineering skills.

Provost Anne Houtman says the school has worked to diversify its student body, with women now making up nearly a quarter of its some 2,200 students.

Rose-Hulman says Conn was a 1976 graduate who worked for several corporations and universities before his death in 2016.

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