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New Detroit, Inc. receives Multicultural Leadership grant

Southfield, July 16, 2008: Comcast has announced its donation of a New Detroit, Inc. grant in the amount of $15,000 from The Comcast Foundation. The grant supports the Multicultural Leadership Series, which highlights the histories, cultures, and socioeconomic issues of communities of color, including people of Latino, African-American, Arab, Chaldean, Asian, and Native American descent.


“New Detroit launched the Multicultural Leadership Series in 1996 as an innovative approach to bridge communication gaps and open the dialogue between many diverse cultures in the Detroit region,” said Shirley Stancato, President and CEO of New Detroit. “We welcome the financial support the Comcast Foundation is providing to this program.”


The Multicultural Leadership Series is designed to build a strong and ongoing leadership network in the metropolitan Detroit area enhancing the ability to understand the complexities of our multicultural society and providing a direct link with persons of different cultures. 


Participants include leaders in for-profit and non-profit corporations and organizations, giving them the opportunity to share with institutional colleagues their understanding of race relations and Detroit’s ethnic and cultural communities.


“We at Comcast know the benefits of participation include an improved knowledge of diverse communities across the region, which is very helpful given our expansive service area in metropolitan Detroit,” said Comcast Regional Senior Vice President Dave Buhl.  “The work that New Detroit is doing serves this region well by providing new opportunities for cultural collaboration.”


“New Detroit, Inc. is a wonderful program that brings residents together to demonstrate their commitment to our city and has truly become a catalyst for change," said State Representative Coleman A. Young II. "Detroit is made up of many culturally rich and diverse neighborhoods and communities. Through this generous grant, the Comcast Foundation is joining with us to celebrate what makes Detroit truly special and is helping to bring our residents closer together.”


New Detroit, Inc. is a coalition of leaders representing business, labor, media, community-based and civil rights organizations, educational, health and religious institutions.  It is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization. 


The stated mission of New Detroit is to work as the coalition of Detroit area leadership addressing the issue of race relations by positively impacting issues and policies that ensure economic and social equity.  Over the past decade, more than 600 individuals with the ability to influence change in their workplaces have completed the program.  Further information is available by calling 313-664-2036 or visiting www.newdetroit.org .  






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