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U of Michigan gets grants to study racial inequality

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has been awarded two $5 million grants to fund projects that focus on addressing racial inequity.

The grants are through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Just Futures Initiative competition and will be used over the next three years.

They will be led by professors Stephanie Fryberg and Earl Lewis.

"We're proud to have these exceptional scholars on our campus," Provost Susan Collins said. "These unprecedented awards recognize the outstanding humanities research that is happening at U-M, supported by a robust ecosystem, as well as the ingenuity of our scholars."

Fryberg is professor of University Diversity and Social Transformation and psychology.

Lewis is the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of history, Afroamerican and African Studies and Public Policy. Lewis also is director of the Center for Social Solutions.

More than $72 million in grants for 16 humanities, arts, and humanities-inflected social sciences projects across the U.S. have been awarded by The Mellon Foundation.

The initiative was designed to support "visionary, unconventional, experimental and groundbreaking projects in order to address the long-existing fault lines of racism, inequality and injustice that tear at the fabric of democracy and civil society," the foundation said.


Attorney releases an eBook on condo, HOA operations

Kevin Hirzel, managing member of Hirzel Law, PLC, recently released “Hirzel’s Handbook: How to operate a Michigan Condo or HOA” to serve as an educational resource for board members and property managers.

Hirzel focuses his practice on condominium law, HOA law, litigation, and real estate law. He is a fellow in the College of Community Associations Lawyers (CCAL), a prestigious designation given to less than 175 attorneys in the country.  He also serves as a trustee on the Community Association Institute’s national board, a member of the CCAL Board of Governors, and is the Co-Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Real Property Law Section Committee for Condominiums, PUDs & Cooperatives.

“Education is key to successfully operating a community association” said Hirzel. “Unfortunately, many volunteer directors that sit on community association boards do not receive any formal training for their positions.”

Accordingly, said Hirzel, the eBook will provide volunteer board members and property managers with the tips and best practices they need to successfully operate a community association.

“Hirzel Law, PLC wants to assist condominium and homeowner associations through Michigan, by giving board members the information needed to successfully operate their associations,” said Hirzel.

 The handbook is available for $9.99 by visiting Kindle Direct Publishing or hirzellaw.com.


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