Racial Equity

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RAND research has addressed racial equity from several angles. Studies have explored such topics as disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system, unequal economic opportunities and barriers to employment for people of color, the achievement gap between minority and nonminority students, and how differences in access to quality health care can affect individual and community health and well-being.

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    Pardee RAND's Faculty Leaders Program: Shaping the Future of Public Policy

    Sep 3, 2020

    To be effective, public policy needs to reflect the aspirations, lives, and perspectives of the people it serves. The Pardee RAND Graduate School seeks to build diversity in public policy by engaging faculty leaders from U.S. colleges and universities committed to serving students of color.

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    Laid Off More, Hired Less: Black Workers in the COVID-19 Recession

    Sep 29, 2020

    As the U.S. economy tries to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are adding workers to their teams, yet one group is being picked last: Black workers. Getting back into a job later could do lasting harm to millions of Black Americans' incomes and wealth accumulation for years.

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    Limiting the Potential for Racial Profiling of Immigration Laws

    Law enforcement agencies should be required to collect data that can be used to monitor the implementation of state and local immigration enforcement laws, to ensure that they are applied in a race-blind manner.

    May 3, 2013

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    How Can Police Departments Use Lessons Learned by the Military to Develop a Diverse Workforce?

    Lessons from the military can be used to inform police personnel management who are concerned about recruiting and promoting a racially/ethnically diverse workforce: qualified minority candidates are available, career paths impact diversity, and departments should leverage organizational commitment to diversity.

    Dec 10, 2012

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    Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Medicare Part D Experiences

    Racial/ethnic minorities report more difficulties in getting drugs and needed information through Medicare's Part D program. However, quality improvement efforts may reduce these disparities in beneficiary experience with prescription drug coverage.

    Oct 29, 2012

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    Understanding the Roots of Dramatic Black-White Cancer Disparities in the Nation'™s Capital

    The burden of cancer is not experienced equally across the population: Nationwide, black Americans have higher rates of death from cancer than white Americans, and nowhere has this disparity been more apparent than in the nation's capital, writes Rebecca Anhang Price.

    Oct 22, 2012

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    Cancer Disparities Between D.C. Blacks and Whites Greater Than Those Nationwide

    Across the United States in 2009, overall cancer incidence was 4 percent higher among blacks than among whites. The disparity was more striking in Washington, D.C., where the overall cancer incidence among black residents was 54 percent higher than the incidence among white residents.

    Sep 6, 2012

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    Commentary

    Victims of Terrorism-by-Mistaken-Identity

    Perpetrators of hate-crimes against Sikhs often think they're attacking Muslims. This may not make the slaughter any more or less heinous, but it's another example of hatred flowing from ignorance, writes Jonah Blank.

    Aug 8, 2012

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    Identifying Barriers to Diversity in Law Enforcement Agencies

    Law enforcement agencies can use barrier analysis, a method of assessment aimed at identifying potential obstacles to obtaining resources or participating in a program, to better understand and address the challenge of creating diversity among their personnel.

    Jul 26, 2012

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    Commentary

    Dropping Out, Imprisoned or Killed: Disparities in Outcomes Faced by Young African American Men

    Boys and men of color—in particular, young African American men—are particularly vulnerable to racial and ethnic disparities. That such disparities exist should surprise no one. Nor should the fact that such disparities diminish the life chances of those affected, writes Lois M. Davis.

    Aug 26, 2011

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    Methods for Assessing Racially Biased Policing

    Discusses an array of methods that have been used to assess, using data on stops made by police officers, the existence or extent of racially biased policing.

    Jul 29, 2011

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    Cincinnati Police Department Traffic Stops: Analyzing Racial Disparities

    RAND has developed a fair, yet rigorous approach to analyzing traffic stop data for racial bias. Based on five years of data from the Cincinnati Police Department, the approach addresses bias in the decision to stop, flags officers with disparate stop patterns, and assesses bias in search and citation rates.

    Sep 25, 2009

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    Reparable Harm: Assessing Disparities Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California

    In this Congressional Briefing held on August 10, 2009, Rebecca Kilburn, director of the Promising Practices Network on Children, Families and Communities and of RAND Child Policy, discusses the disparities for boys and men of color relative to their white counterparts across specific socioeconomic, health, safety, and school readiness indicators in California.

    Aug 10, 2009

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    Report Quantifies Level of Disadvantage Faced by Boys and Men of Color in California

    The first multi-dimensional effort to quantify the disparities faced by African-American and Latino boys and men in California across a broad spectrum of health and social factors provides a disquieting outlook for their lives.

    Jan 4, 2009

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    Path to Diversity Success Varies According to Company's History, Culture, Mission

    Companies recognized for exemplary diversity may follow a core set of motives and behaviors, but best practices alone do not always contribute to a high level of diversity.

    Jan 1, 2008

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    Lisa Berdie

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. in development studies, Brown University

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    Laura M. Bogart

    Senior Behavioral Scientist; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.S. in social psychology, University of Pittsburgh

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    Irineo Cabreros

    Associate Statistician
    Education Ph.D. in statistics, Princeton University; B.A. in physics, Harvard University; M.A. in music, The New England Conservatory of Music

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    Anita Chandra

    Vice President and Director, RAND Social and Economic Well-Being; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Dr.P.H. in population and family health sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; M.P.H. in maternal and child health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health; B.A. in child development, Tufts University

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    Brandon Crosby

    Associate Behavioral Scientist, RAND; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in organizational psychology, University of Maryland; M.S. in organizational science, University of Maryland; B.A. in psychology, Morehouse College

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    Catria Gadwah-Meaden

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.A. in mathematical economics, Colgate University

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    Priya Gandhi

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in health care policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in policy and management, Carnegie Mellon University; Certificate in public health, Johns Hopkins University