In 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.