About the Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy

Our Mission

The RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy aims to develop and apply approaches and solutions that build racial equity in systems and policies for the future.

Key objectives include

  1. use research, engagement and policy development activities to identify and apply effective approaches for building systems and policies that center racial equity
  2. foster dialogue about advancing racial equity in systems and policies, both within and outside RAND
  3. promote development of current and future policy leaders with the skills to advance racial equity-oriented systems and policies.

Key components include

  • Methods and action: Identifying the most effective combination of approaches that can have enduring impact on systemic racism.
  • Dialogue and change: Changing the narrative around how we talk about racial equity in systems and policies.
  • Policy leadership: Preparing policy leaders and those that influence them to debate, design, and address racial equity going forward.

While focused on racial equity, center activities will emphasize the intersection of race with other factors such as ethnicity, age, economic status, gender and gender identity, geography, health status and disability, religious background, and sexual orientation.

There are many definitions of equity, but for the purposes of ease, we use the commonly-used definition that equity means the fair and just access to opportunity.

Center Director

RAND is in the process of searching for a director to lead this new center, finalizing by early 2021. The director will have a track record in racial equity systems and policy research, including engaging diverse stakeholder groups and conducting outreach in areas such as community-building and dissemination of research and analysis findings.

For more information about the Center, please contact Anita Chandra, vice president and director, RAND Social and Economic Well-Being.