Concordia College Recipient of Mellon Funding for Racial Reparations Work

Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., has been selected to participate in a $5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Part of the “Just Futures Initiative,” the grant was awarded to the University of Michigan’s Center for Social Solutions, which will partner with 10 higher education institutions around the country to work with minoritized communities to counter the effects of past and current oppression.

The Center for Social Solutions, directed by Concordia graduate Dr. Earl Lewis, has created a national network of college and university-based organizations, each of which will develop research-informed reparations plans in partnership with local community organizations. With Concordia, other partners include Carnegie Mellon University, Emory University, Rutgers University – Newark, Spelman College, The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), Connecticut College, Wesleyan College (Ga.), and Wofford College.