IRRPP State of Racial Justice in Chicago Project
There is no way to understand Chicago today without acknowledging our long collective racial history. The State of Racial Justice in Chicago Project provides a comprehensive picture of the inequities and changing conditions that racial and ethnic groups in Chicago face in the last half century. State of Racial Justice in Chicago reports attempt to step beyond the competing public narratives about Chicago to assess—in evidence-based, concrete terms—what the challenges and opportunities are for its residents today.
Events, presentations, and reports produced in conjunction with this project provide accessible data and analysis on how racial and ethnic groups in Chicago are faring in relation to housing, economics, education, justice, and health and are meant as a resource for the development of new engaged research projects and policy solutions. By highlighting intersections between these thematic areas, our reports hope to encourage public officials, policy makers, philanthropists, advocates, organizers, direct service providers, and residents to work beyond their particular domains — for example, to see that the challenges of housing impact educational opportunities; that justice and health are inextricably linked; and that economic constraints permeate the social lives of Chicagoans of different racial and ethnic groups in ways both obvious and subtle.
A central aim of the State of Racial Justice in Chicago project is to increase our knowledge about the experiences and conditions of racial and ethnic groups in our city and to contribute to broader efforts taking place to transform our city into a more equitable environment for all residents.