About the Program
The Foundation’s Cultural Contact program is no longer accepting new grant proposals. The Immigration and Cultural Contact programs have been replaced by the Foundation’s new Research on Ethnicity and Immigration program. Please click here for more information about the new program.
The Foundation’s Cultural Contact program is concerned with understanding and improving relations between racial and ethnic groups in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other key institutional settings. Founded in 1992, the program has examined the effectiveness of diversity training and affirmative action in work places and on college campuses. It has also sponsored a series of working groups looking at how the American legal, education, and health care systems are responding to increased ethnic and cultural diversity. The current working groups address two new areas: the interaction between police and minorities, and the cultural frictions between immigrants and local residents in new areas of immigrant settlement.