Wayne Law racial equity initiative launches sixth cohort

DETROIT - The Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), an initiative of Wayne State University Law School’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, launched its sixth cohort of racial equity fellows in February. 

“I am thrilled to welcome DEAL 6 into our network of diverse and dynamic leaders,” said DEAL Director Asandi Conner. “We are applying what we learned in 2020 to increase their capacity and further advance racial equity in our beloved city.”

Since its inception in 2014, DEAL’s Racial Equity Fellowship program has brought together nearly 200 leaders 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 and beyond.

With the mindset that the transformation of movements is dependent on the transformation of the people in them, the 30 fellows in the 2021 cohort will spend the next nine months in a carefully designed curriculum. 

Fellowship learning objectives include:

  • Build structural racism analysis
  • Deepen understanding of structural racism in Detroit and Detroit's history
  • Understand one’s own racial(ized) identity
  • Explore multi-racial coalitions and how white supremacy culture shows up for all racial groups
  • Move from allyship to co-liberation

To learn more about the Detroit Equity Action Lab and the Racial Equity Fellowship, visit detroitequity.org

Photo: Members of the 2016-17 Detroit Equity Action Lab co-hort

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Powered by more than $4 million in grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Wayne State University Law School’s Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights and Detroit Equity Action Lab are developing a national blueprint in Detroit designed to empower local communities to fight structural racism from the ground up.

Contact: Kaylee Place
Email: kaylee.place@wayne.edu


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