Chaminade University has been selected for a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help address racial inequality for native Hawaiians.
The $200,000 grant, to be distributed over the next two years, is one of 119 awarded nationally to support racial equity and healing, as Hawaiians rank the highest in negative socioeconomic indicators, a release said.
Through the Chaminade History Center, the money will support the Native Hawaiian History Initiative. Innovative programs will be created, such as a traveling history exhibit that will bring expert instruction directly into schools in areas with high concentrations of native Hawaiian students, according to Frank Bailey, initiative director.
Bailey, also a professor of history and political science at Chaminade, said the program will provide instructional and curriculum resources, seminars and lecture series on campus.
The Kellogg Foundation recently launched a five-year, $75 million drive – America Healing – that aims to improve life for vulnerable children and their families by promoting racial healing and eliminating barriers to opportunities, a news release said.