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.

  • Whitney Maddox and DeShaun Bradford stand in line with hundreds of others outside a career center in Frankfort, Kentucky, hoping for assistance with their unemployment claim, June 18, 2020, photo by Bryan Woolston/Reuters

    Commentary

    The Racial Disparity in Unemployment Benefits

    Jul 15, 2020

    Economic racial inequality in America cannot be solved through unemployment insurance, but it certainly shouldn't be exacerbated by it. And yet, Black workers are less financially supported during unemployment, simply by virtue of where they live.

  • Facial recognition on a mobile device, image by Irina Shi/Adobe Stock

    Report

    The Benefits and Risks of Face Recognition Technology

    May 14, 2020

    Face recognition technologies (FRTs) offer opportunities to improve identification efforts, but they also raise concerns about privacy and bias. Understanding the trade-offs between the utility and risks of FRTs is crucial for evaluating their adoption and implementation.

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    Priya Samir 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

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    Khadesia Howell

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in health policy and management, Florida A&M University; B.A. in Hispanic studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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    Nelson Lim

    Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Sameer M. Siddiqi

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in biology, University of Houston

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    Lilian Perez

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public health, UC San Diego; M.P.H. in public health, Emory University; B.A. in neuroscience, Wellesley College

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    Tepring Piquado

    Senior Policy Researcher; Neuroscientist; Professor and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D., M.S. in neuroscience, Brandeis University; B.S. in computer science, Georgetown University

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    Andrea Prado Tuma

    Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in human development and social policy, Northwestern University; M.A. in human development and social policy, Northwestern University; B.A. in psychology, Vassar College

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    Jhacova Williams

    Associate Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Louisiana State University; M.S. in economics, Louisiana State University; M.S. in applied mathematics, University of Maryland-College Park; B.S. in mathematics, Xavier University of Louisiana

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    Malcolm V. Williams

    Senior Policy Researcher; Associate Research Department Director, Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department
    Education Ph.D. in health policy, Harvard University; M.P.P., Georgetown University