The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $72 million in support of efforts led by humanities scholars to advance racial equity and justice.
Through its Just Futures initiative, the foundation awarded grants of up to $5 million over three years to sixteen multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams of scholars studying past periods of crisis for solutions-based work that contributes to deeper public understanding of the nation’s racist past and remedies that can lead to a more socially just future.
Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander said, “Through extraordinary collaborative exploration and rigorous humanities-driven inquiry, the Just Futures Initiative will expand our collective understanding of our country’s history. We are thrilled that the work of these multidisciplinary teams will propose and implement solutions to real social problems, and also mark new milestones in the effort to better capture the contributions of the many different communities that make up the American story.”
Selected from a hundred and sixty-five applications submitted by thirty-eight public, private, historically black and Latinx-serving institutions, the projects receiving grants include the “Social Justice Consortium” ($5 million, Howard University), “Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation” ($4.39 million, Johns Hopkins University), “Latinx Futures: The Civil, Cultural and Political Stakes for Southern California Latinx Communities” ($2.96 million, University of California, Riverside), “Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity Center: Undoing Inequality” ($5 million, University of Michigan), “Democratizing Racial Justice: Remembering Histories, Transforming Futures” ($5 million, University of Texas at San Antonio), and “Humanities Education for Anti-Racism Literacy in the Sciences and Medicine” ($5 million, University of Wisconsin at Madison).