The Race, Inequality, and Policy Initiative (RIPI) is a multidisciplinary research initiative created to support research, teaching and community engagement activities that enhance our understanding of and address the racial, ethnic and gender inequities and inequalities that exist in the U.S.


The mission of RIPI is twofold. First, the initiative seeks to support faculty who conduct research and teach about policies that promote or diminish racial, ethnic and gender inequalities and inequities particularly on topics surrounding immigration, education, housing, environmental policy and crime. Second, the initiative seeks to engage students in research and community projects on projects that address racial, ethnic and gender inequalities that are transformative and useful for the community at large. 


RIPI’s mission is accomplished through a speaker series, a virtual library, faculty research seminars, race and policy conferences,
and a student-led mentoring program. 


RIPI featured in the Old Gold & Black newspaper

“RIPI increases awareness of racial inequality” By Elizabeth Maline November 19, 2020 Through the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative, the university plans to raise students’ awareness of inequality. To read article, go to: https://wfuogb.com/11332/news/ripi-increases-awareness-of-racial-inequality/

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The Latinx Vote and the 2020 Election

On October 14, 2020, Dr. Betina Cutaia Wilkinson (Associate Chair & Associate Professor of the Politics and International Affairs department) discussed her research on the Latinx Vote in the 2020 Elections. A Q & A session followed her research presentation.

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Latinxs and the Covid-19 Pandemic

On October 27, 2020, Dr. Gabriel R. Sanchez conducted a presentation on Latinxs and the Covid-19 Pandemic. Dr. Gabriel Sanchez is a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and also serves as the Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson…

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