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 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, race and policy conferences,
and a student-led mentoring program. 


Research Methods & Practices in the Local & Global Community

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Housing and Immigration Event

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