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Wayne State receives $1.3 million for structural racism initiative

July 8, 2014

Wayne State University has announced a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a new initiative in which local nonprofits active in the areas of racial equity, health care, education, food security, safety, and housing will be encouraged to address issues of structural racism in Detroit. To that end, sixty nonprofit leaders will participate in the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), which will be housed within the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law School and led by the center's director, Peter Hammer. Through trainings and discussions, DEAL participants will learn how to build the capacity of their organizations, identify structural racism, and create action plans to promote change by boosting awareness of and making policy recommendations to address racial equity issues in the region. "There is great need for a resource of this nature in our city," said Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson. "The Keith Center is committed to promoting equality and justice. Local nonprofit organizations can be key drivers in the discussion and mitigation of civil rights challenges, and we are fortunate to have found an ally in this project with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation."