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Mellon Foundation Offers Grants to 26 U.S. Higher Education Institutions Studying Social Justice
The Mellon Foundation is providing more than $12 million in funding to support 26 colleges and universities in the U.S. that are “mounting social justice-related research or curricular projects” related to three topical categories: Civic Engagement and Voting Rights, Race and Racialization in the United States, and Social Justice and the Literary Imagination.
Grantees include the following:
- Ohio State University—Native Americans and African Americans in and out of the US Body Politic—This project is an intersectional historical research project that promises to reveal the hidden histories of Black and Native American political life within the oppressive context of the 19th century. Emphasis will be on Native American and Black activism around citizenship and voting and on the role of higher education in the struggle for Black and Indigenous rights before the modern Civil Rights Movement.
- Vanderbilt University—Clearing the Ground In EDI: Philosophy, Race Theory, and the Diversity Industry—'Clearing the Ground in EDI,’ a philosophically informed study of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts, will help clarify the framing goals, foundations, and objectives of EDI interventions and provide a big-picture summary of the way concrete EDI interventions operationalize key concepts and principles in critical race theory and racial justice research.
- The University of Texas at Austin—Pido la Palabra: A Texas Prison Literature Project for Social Justice and the Literary Imagination—Through a partnership between the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Texas Prison Education Initiative (TPEI), this project will create Spanish-language creative writing courses in prisons, with an associated course taught at UT that will train a new generation of college-in-prison educators through a seminar and practicum in the history and theory of prison literature by and about incarcerated people in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean.
For more information and the full list of grantees, read the press release.
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