NSF awards PAC in Taking Action: COVID-19 DEI Challenge

June 1, 2022

Marketing and Strategic Communications

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) selected Palo Alto College as the second-place winner of their Taking Action: COVID-19 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Challenge in the Two-Year Institutions of Higher Education category.

PAC was recognized for creating virtual camps for high school students during the pandemic and securing a state grant to cover all camp expenses. The College also improved the admission process by reducing the number of steps from eleven to three and making it easier for students to receive state-required vaccines at no cost. As part of this recognition, PAC will be awarded $15,000.

The NSF will host a showcase of the winning interventions in June 2022. Following the showcase, an open access repository of winning entries and honorable mentions will be shared broadly for the benefit of all institutions facing similar challenges. A full list of winners and honorable mentions can be found at nsf.gov/ehr/Covid19Challenge/Winners.jsp.