Wheelock to Establish National Center for Race Amity

December 08, 2009

In January Wheelock will found the National Center for Race Amity—a sustainable initiative addressing racial healing through education, theater, and dialogue for children and youth. The Center will aid the College in its work to improve the lives of children and families to make the world a better place for all.

The National Center for Race Amity will collaborate with Wheelock Family Theater to create theater-based race amity and education programs for middle school students. The National Center for Race Amity will also support the development of innovative curriculum targeting race and ethnicity and work on campus diversity initiatives.

In addition, the Center will endeavor to expand the fourteen colleges engaged in Campus Conversations on Race to a national network.

Media entrepreneur and award-winning television documentary filmmaker Dr. William H. "Smitty" Smith will lead the National Center for Race Amity. Dr. Smith has more than 30 years of experience promoting racial amity in neighborhoods, professional organizations, and on college campuses.

Dr. Smith comes to Wheelock from Emerson College, where he served as Executive Director of the Center for Diversity in the Communication Industries for the past five years.

Supported by a $400,000 W. K. Kellogg Foundation grant, the National Center for Race Amity will be a special initiative housed within the Aspire Institute.

Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa.

For further information, please visit the Foundation's website at www.wkkf.org.

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