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. 


Racial Inequities in Student Loans

Join us for a presentation on race inequality and student loans with a presentation by Dr. Fenaba Addo (UNC Chapel Hill). Dr. Addo is an expert on racial disparities in student loan debt as well as the Millennial racial wealth gap. Her work speaks…

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Uncovering Inequity and College Access

On February 24, 2021, WFU’s Race, Inequality, and Politics Initiative sponsored an event titled, “Uncovering Inequity and College Access.” This was the first event of the spring 2021 speaker series on topics surrounding education and inequality. The event, organized by Dr. Lisa Kiang (WFU,…

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