Weber State joins Student Success Equity Intensive to close equity gaps

OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University has been selected as one of 18 institutions in the nation to participate in the third cohort of the Student Success Equity Intensive.

The multiyear initiative by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and supported by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to help institutions close equity gaps for Black, Hispanic and Latino, Indigenous and low-income students.

“This is an exciting new partnership for Weber State, and another step to creating a more profound sense of belonging for every student on campus,” said Brad Mortensen, WSU president.

The SSEI engages campus leaders in a comprehensive journey to ensure that race and income are no longer predictors of success. The initiative also provides a fundamental step toward Weber State’s goal of becoming an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution

“Universities should be a place where everyone can thrive,” Mortensen said. “Thanks to the support of the Gates Foundation, AASCU is working with Weber State and universities across the country, taking decisive steps to realize that vision. We’re proud to be a partner in that.” 

Throughout the program, Weber State leaders will collaborate with institutional leaders across the nation to identify barriers to student success, develop effective strategies and monitor progress.

More information on the SSEI is available on the AASCU website.


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