The organization shall be named the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (hereafter, the Institute), College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (hereafter, the College), University of Illinois at Chicago (hereafter, UIC). The Institute is structured as a campus-wide interdisciplinary research, policy, and practice unit that is governed by a Director and an Administrative Council, advised by an Executive Board, and located in the College.
The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy is a leader locally, nationally, and internationally for producing, supporting, educating about and advocating for research on race and public policy, particularly engaged research on underserved racial and ethnic communities in urban settings.
The mission of the Institute is to promote, coordinate, and conduct innovative research at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and public policy. The Institute represents a strategic commitment by UIC to better address and promote growing racial and ethnic diversity within the university itself, the Chicago area, the state of Illinois, the nation, and the world. Housed within the College, this university-wide institute has a special focus on historically underrepresented people of color as they are affected by, and as they seek to affect, public policy. The Institute has developed a multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural agenda that includes African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and other groups of color confronted with systematic racial and class barriers.
A central aim of the Institute is to increase the quantity, quality, relevance and impact of research on racial and ethnic groups that face persistent inequities, inequalities, and disparities. To promote greater access and diversity, a primary agenda is to improve both the understanding and conditions of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups that continue to experience major difficulties within contemporary urban settings. Toward this end, the Institute strives to be a central locus for a range of policy-relevant research, education, and service activities guided by a strategic set of priorities. Those priorities are: policy-relevant scholarship on race and ethnic diversity; and engaged research on pressing racial justice and public policy issues.