Heinz Endowments giving $10 million for criminal justice reform


CARMEN ANDERSON is the Heinz Endowments’ director of equity and social justice.

When a report released earlier this summer from the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems found that Black students in Allegheny County are suspended seven times as much as White students, it didn’t come as a surprise to those at the Heinz Endowments, which funded the study.

“We weren’t happy, but we weren’t surprised, either. It was confirmation of what we expected and that members of the community have been telling us for some time,” Carmen Anderson, the endowments’ director of equity and social justice, told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview, Nov. 29.

School suspensions, in the eyes of the Heinz Endowments, largely contribute to the…

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