The University of Minnesota has received a five-million-dollar donation in order to address racial inequality in healthcare. University officials said Wednesday that the money from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will be used to establish the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity. Associate professor Rachael Hardeman will serve as the founding director, and says the center will conduct revolutionary research to understand how racism is a “fundamental cause of health inequities.” Leaders from the university and Blue Cross and Blue Shield say recent civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that something must be done to right wrongs and improve healthcare for all.