Wayne State University

Detroit Equity Action Lab

Photo of Detroit Equity Action Lab meetingIn summer 2014, Wayne State University was awarded a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch the Detroit Equity Action Lab at Wayne Law's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.

This initiative, led by Keith Center Director and Professor Peter Hammer, will bring together 60 nonprofit organizations working in the many dimensions of racial equity, including arts and media, community development, education, environment, food security, health care and housing, to address issues of structural racism in Detroit.

Participants will learn how to build capacity for their organizations to work in racial equity workshops led by national subject matter experts. Through trainings and discussions, they will identify long-standing structural racism and create action plans to promote change. They will create policy recommendations and improve awareness about racial equity issues in the community.

Meet the 2014-15 cohort

Meet the 2015-16 cohort

Meet the 2016-17 cohort

"Offering programming and a rich history, the Keith Center is a true gem that provides an opportunity for students to experience a firsthand account of Judge Keith’s legacy. The Keith Center’s Detroit Equity Action Lab offers a unique opportunity for students to study the law through analyzing complex problems for organizations that are advancing equity in the region."

Shanika Owens, Detroit
Wayne Law Class of 2017
Graduate of Michigan State University

Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan