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 and students interested in U.S. policies that promote or diminish racial, ethnic and gender inequalities and inequities particularly regarding immigration, education, housing, environmental policy and crime. Second, the initiative seeks to engage students in research projects that address racial, ethnic and gender inequalities and are useful for the community at large.
RIPI supports and promotes asking questions about local and national equity issues. We believe that if we truly are committed to Pro Humanitate
our activities will:
1.) raise awareness of the faults of policies, policy actors and institutions (even our own!),
2.) develop empathic understanding of the complex ways marginalized individuals interact within systems and institutions, and
3.) focus on policy solutions to today’s sociopolitical problems. 

 RIPI’s mission is accomplished through a speaker series, a virtual library, an undergraduate research fellows program, a faculty research workshop series,
and race, inequality and policy conferences.


Unearthing the Effects of NC Environmental Injustices

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Immigration Attitudes in the Golden State

Dr. Cristina Mora is Associate Professor of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies andthe Co-Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley. Her work investigates panethnicity among Latin Americans inthe United States and race and politics in the United States. In her…

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Migration, Health, and Critical Activist Research: Latin+ Contributions with Dr. Roberta Villalón

Professor Villalón will share the main findings of her most recent book “Migration, Health, and Inequalities: Critical Activist Research across Ecuadorean Borders” (Bristol University Press, 2022), and highlight how the application of a Latin+ feminist sociological approach was central to her project. February 8,…

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