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Front Page - Friday, July 6, 2018

Racial justice grant awarded to Southern Adventist University




Southern Adventist University has received a $50,000 grant from Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, to fund a multi-pronged project addressing racial justice and equity on campus.

Project components include recording and sharing oral histories, inviting nationally-recognized speakers to Southern, funding creative student-led programs and researching the impact of these efforts on employee and student attitudes.

“Southern has an opportunity to be a model of a large institution that weaves racial reconciliation into its DNA, even though trying to achieve this goal can be challenging,” says Kristie Wilder, dean of the School of Social Work and co-director of the project.

From a pool of 312 nationwide applicants, Southern was one of 19 colleges and universities selected to receive funding from Lumina’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity. The fund was created last year in response to racially motivated violence in Charlottesville on the campus of the University of Virginia.

“As a philanthropic leader, Lumina shares a deep passion and concern about the nation’s racial climate, especially on college campuses,” says Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina. “These campuses have shown a willingness to address racial disparities at a systemic level.

“They recognize that achieving equitable results is about more than promoting diversity – it’s about whether the institution fosters a climate in which every student feels welcome and has the same opportunity to earn a degree or certificate of value, regardless of race or ethnicity.”

Source: Southern Adventist University