The central mission of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity is to contribute meaningfully to the field of research and scholarship on race, ethnicity and social justice, to assist in reframing the way that we talk about and act on race and ethnicity and to deepen our understanding of the causes and consequences of and solutions to racial and ethnic hierarchy and disparity. It envisions and seeks to realize a society that is fair and just for all people, where opportunity is not limited by race, ethnicity, gender or class, where democratic ideals inform social policy and where all people recognize and embrace the universal responsibility that each person has for the welfare of every other person.
By creating a research-based structural lens to look at racism, it seeks to shift not only the way that racism is conceptualized but also the way we conceive of strategies to counteract its impact. In shifting the way we talk about, think about and act on race, the Institute hopes to give new meaning to the proposition that human destinies are intertwined. Much of the Institute’s research is applied and policy oriented, providing informed direction and assistance to social justice advocates, communities, funders and policy makers. Its ultimate goal is to stimulate and facilitate transformative change to bring about a society that is fair and just for all people.
The Institute’s core research areas are:
The “Implicit Racial Bias and School Discipline Disparities” report seeks to uplift implicit bias as a possible contributing factor to the racialized discipline disparities seen in K-12 education.
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