New York, NY, May 15, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has been awarded a $500,000 grant to expand its research work on anti-immigrant groups, and to continue support for Making Diversity Count®, the League's award-winning online anti-bias training program for educators.
"We are gratified the Ford Foundation has reaffirmed the importance of our efforts to monitor and expose anti-immigrant groups, an area of our work that has become increasingly important as we continue to partner with prominent Latino civil rights organizations on this issue," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We are so very proud to count the Ford Foundation among our closest partners in our vital work to seek justice and fair treatment for all and to further democratic values."
The Ford Foundation grant will enable ADL's Center on Extremism to expand its efforts to gather, analyze and circulate information related to local and national anti-immigrant groups and activists across the country. It will also allow ADL to expose the crossover between the mainstream and extremist elements of the anti-immigration movement in the United States.
Through the same grant the Foundation also renewed its funding support of ADL's Making Diversity Count® (MDC). MDC is an online anti-bias professional development program designed to give educators the tools they need to effectively promote diversity and respect for all students as well as to combat and confront bullying.
Following a successful pilot phase and initial launch of the program, in which participants expressed an overwhelmingly positive impact on their school climates, MDC will now expand in both scope and reach to provide teachers from across the country with the tools and skills they need to create 21st century classrooms of inclusion and respect.
With teacher in-service days disappearing, the growth of MDC will bring ADL's anti-bias training to a wider audience in a format conducive to the demanding schedules of educators today and will allow ADL to reach remote geographic locations.