The Urban SERCH Institute, under the leadership of director Dr. Larry Terry, recently received a $125,000 grant from the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas to fund a Community Leadership Academy (CLA). The pilot program seeks to improve police and community relations through neighborhood meetings in southern Dallas that will bring police, civic leaders and neighbors together.

Additional SERCH Institute projects include a Suds of Hope program at Oran Roberts Elementary to help parents and students maintain clean clothes.

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