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Deconstructing Race

In January 2012 the W. K. Kellogg Foundation awarded The Calhoun School an initial grant of $250,000 for Deconstructing Race, a three-part youth-based project on issues of white privilege and institutionalized racism. The initial proposal was for a documentary film, curriculum and website. The Bertha Foundation and the Gilder Foundation have since come on board with grants towards the project, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has also added to its original grant.
About the Deconstructing Race Project
Deconstructing Race is a three-part youth-based project--including the documentary film, curriculum for students in kindergarten through twelfth grades, and an interactive website--for students, teachers and parents.

The initiative's goal is to transform the conversation about race, racism and white privilege in this country and expose the myth of color-blindness in a society that, for many, espouses a post-racial mantra.

"Young people of all colors have a critical role to play in challenging older generations to break the cycle of discrimination and exclusion if things are ever going to change," says Head of School Steve Nelson. "Racism is not exclusive to vulnerable children nor to those with privilege. It affects every child and family. The conversation must take place in every school and every home in order for change to begin."
 
Point Made Film’s three films before I’m Not Racist-Am I? include Adopted, an investigation into the unforeseen complications of transracial adoption; The Prep School Negro, a poignant film that examines the experiences of African American scholarship students at the nation’s most elite schools; and In 500 Words or Less, which explores the college application process through the eyes of high schoolers. (The Prep School Negro had its national PBS premiere in February 2014.)
 
Deconstructing Race has received grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Bertha Foundation, the Gildner Foundation, and the Asian Women Giving Circle, plus numerous endorsements from organizations, educators and scholars who strongly support the project, including Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and the National Association of Independent Schools.
 
For Information
For more information about the Deconstructing Race project, contact:
David Alpert
DR Project Director
Beth Krieger
Director of Communications/PR