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Understanding Race and Skin Color

Africa Genome Education Institute

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $25,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2007–October 31, 2009
  • Location Claremont, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

The Africa Genome Education Institute conducts research on issues of race, ethnicity, and genetics to challenge the notions of racial superiority and inferiority, which characterized the country during the apartheid period. Mott provided support for the institute’s research, publishing, public education, and dissemination of materials. Through promoting a more scientific understanding of race, the grantee is making a significant contribution toward debunking many of the myths and stereotypes about race and ethnicity that still exist within public opinion. Its work with schools, educators, and students is particularly important in promoting tolerance and respect for diversity. This grant increase will support the Institute to distribute the findings of its research and to use the findings to create curriculum support materials, including the production of short books, newspaper supplements, CD-ROMs, DVDs, and a Web site for teachers to use in teaching evolutionary biology.