July 8, 2014 at 9:03 am

Wayne State gets $1.3M grant to address Detroit's structural racism

Detroit ó Wayne State University has received a $1.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support a new effort to address issues of structural racism in Detroit.

The funding announced this week will help the Detroit school launch the Detroit Equity Action Lab. Under the program, 60 leaders of nonprofits that work in the areas of racial equity, health care, education, food security, safety and housing plan to participate.

The project will begin this summer and is funded for three years. Itís at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the Wayne State University Law School. Detroit Equity Action Lab will be led by the centerís Director Peter Hammer.

Those involved will work to identify and change long-standing problems as well as create policy recommendations and improve awareness.