Kellogg Foundation Grant Funds Kirwan Institute Work

To support its efforts to promote equitable policy for marginalized families and communities across the U.S., the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University has received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

The grant funds four initiatives, including the Kirwan Institute’s work to advocate for equitable economic policies and practices, expand opportunity through community training and analysis, evaluate policy implementation and structural interventions at the community level, and challenge implicit bias in juvenile justice.

“The Kellogg Foundation has been a strong supporter of our work over the years, and this generous grant will enable us to build on past efforts in a number of key areas in order to better identify inequities and share insight on how to eliminate them,” said john powell, Kirwan Institute executive director.

The Kirwan Institute will continue its efforts to assess the impact of federal recovery policy initiatives on marginalized communities of color; expand “opportunity mapping” efforts which geographically show racially-based disparities; evaluate outcomes of communities’ policy reforms stemming from the Kirwan Institute’s models; and launch research on implicit racial bias within the juvenile criminal justice system in collaboration with the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute at Harvard University.

“In all of these areas, we must understand the factors at work, then share our insights with others across the country to encourage equitable policy,” said Jason Reece, senior researcher at the Kirwan Institute. “The collaboration of our community partners and the support of the Kellogg Foundation are vital to our success, and we are grateful for their cooperation.”

“This project with the Kirwan Institute supports our goals for promoting racial equity,” said Gail C. Christopher, vice president – program strategy with the Kellogg Foundation. “We are pleased to partner on this critical research to educate national policymakers on the impacts of structural racism faced by families today living in communities hit hardest by the economic downturn, high unemployment, and the housing crisis. This project is a great example of how racial equity is an integrated approach to all our work in support of a better future for our most vulnerable children and families.”


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, 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 on the foundation, please visit

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for
interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute partners with people,
communities, and institutions worldwide to think about, talk about, and act on race in ways that create
and expand opportunity for all. For more information about the Kirwan Institute, go to: