Lumina Awards Racial Justice and Equity Grants Totaling $1.6 Million
Lumina Foundation today announced that 19 colleges and universities will receive grant awards totaling $625,000 from its Fund for Racial Justice and Equity, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The Fund was created after last year’s racially motivated violence in Charlottesville on the campus of the University of Virginia.
In December, Lumina committed to funding these one-time grants-ranging from $25,000 to $50,000-in response to what the foundation saw as an urgent need to improve the atmosphere around race on campuses across the country.
"These campuses have shown a willingness and capacity 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," says Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation.