RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy

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The RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy uses inclusive and data-driven policy research to move towards policies and systems that create a more equitable playing field. Advancing racial equity means moving beyond focusing on disparities to developing inclusive and equitable solutions that improve society for all.

Led by inaugural director Rhianna C. Rogers, the center takes an innovative approach to highlighting equity issues—including working with a diverse group of collaborators—with the aim of driving meaningful policy development and change.

The center was established in 2020 with funding from donor contributions and RAND's own resources. The center emerged from an effort by RAND to take stock of where it stands on how policy analysis is designed, framed, executed and translated, and the role of factors related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The center’s blueprint was developed with the input of RAND staff, and the center is part of a larger commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the organization’s operations and external engagement.

Research Threads

The center's work is based in several emerging focus areas:

  • Digital equity
  • Media equity
  • Neurodiversity and equity
  • Dispelling inequities and distrust between communities of color
  • Socio-cultural gaming and equity
  • Deliberative conversations
  • Deep learning series
  • Healthy living and mental health
  • Women of color in leadership
  • Arts equity
Read more about the Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy
  • Martin Iguchi

    Iguchi Initiative Social Justice Fellowship

    The RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy created the Iguchi Initiative in honor of Martin Iguchi, who pioneered work on issues of racial equity and underserved populations. The Initiative builds on Iguchi's legacy to champion dialogue and engagement between social justice leaders, underserved populations, and RAND policy analysts.

    Dec 20, 2022

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    Investigating the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap

    The gap in wealth between Black and white Americans is a product of historical realities that continue to shape economic outcomes. Policy interventions to address current wealth disparities must understand the long-standing inequities that contributed to them.

    Dec 7, 2022


Research and Commentary

We've highlighted a small sample of RAND research and commentary below that addresses the challenge of racial equity from a variety of angles, and across multiple research disciplines.

Health and Well-Being


  • Students hold signs inside the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda in opposition to bills Kentucky lawmakers say would eradicate critical race theory from state schools, January 12, 2022, photo by Alton Strupp/USA Today via Reuters


    Anti-Bias Education in U.S. Public Schools

    Teaching students explicitly about issues of identity, diversity, equity, and bias can lead to positive outcomes. Nearly three in four K–12 teachers reported that they provide such anti-bias instruction, but more than half said that their school's or district's curriculum materials did not adequately address anti-bias topics.

    Feb 22, 2022

Security and Public Safety

  • RAF troops during the Changing of the Guard ceremony on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, London Britain February 1, 2022 , photo by Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters


    Removing Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion in the Military

    Efforts to improve representation and remove barriers for personnel with protected characteristics are seen as essential steps for modern militaries, but have not gone without controversy. The UK Armed Forces could take a more-strategic approach to leveraging diversity to elevate it as a strategic enabler of military fighting power in the contemporary threat environment.

    Aug 29, 2022

Economic Opportunity

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    To Help African Americans Gain Generational Wealth, Look to the Housing Market

    African American families have significantly less wealth than White families, even after reaching the middle class. Home ownership is, for the vast majority of Americans, the primary vehicle for accruing wealth, and passing it down through generations. This is a crucial time for policymakers to consider policies that focus on improving home ownership rates for African Americans.

    Dec 7, 2022

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