Advancing Racial Equity Policy

Against the backdrop of a pandemic inflicting disproportionate physical and economic pain on communities of color, and an overdue reckoning with America's long history of systemic inequity and structural racism, the RAND Corporation has launched the RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy.

Funded by an initial $1 million from donor contributions and RAND's own resources, it will support a growing portfolio of innovative, high-impact racial equity research and analysis at RAND, create a clearinghouse to help coordinate related efforts, and collaborate with organizations dedicated to advancing racial equity. Fundraising for the center is a priority in RAND's recently launched Tomorrow Demands Today $400 million campaign.

“The evidence is clear regarding persistent racial inequities in the settings that define our daily lives—the neighborhood, the hospital, the classroom, and the U.S. criminal justice system,” said Michael D. Rich, president and CEO of RAND. “RAND has an obligation to address these problems, but it will not be enough to conduct more research. We will need to convert that research into action.”

RAND is undertaking a search for a director to lead the new center. The director will have a track record in racial equity systems and policy research and action, including engaging diverse stakeholder groups and conducting outreach in areas such as community-building and dissemination of research and analysis findings.

“We must examine where inequities intersect across systems and groups, represent voices that are too often left out of leadership on these topics, and integrate the structural contexts in which policies have been developed and applied sometimes with unintended consequences,” said Anita Chandra, vice president of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.

Chandra and Benjamin Preston, director of RAND's Community Health and Environmental Policy Program, recently talked about the new center's goal during a RAND Remote conversation.

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