Introducing the Urban Institute’s Equity Scholars

September 21,2021

Dear Changemakers,

I’m pleased to introduce you to the Urban Institute’s first cohort of Equity Scholars—a diverse group of emerging and established researchers interested in diverse social policy issues, trained in different disciplines, but united in a commitment to deepening society’s understanding of racism and discrimination and informing the pursuit of equity and justice. 

Selected from more than 200 applicants, these 8 scholars will be embedded in Urban’s policy centers and partner with Urban’s soon-to-be-launched Office of Race and Equity Research and our Racial Equity Analytics Lab.

Most of our Equity Scholars will join Urban in a full-time capacity on January 10, 2022; two are here already. Over two years, they will develop and publish research in areas of specific interest to them while joining other ongoing Urban projects, offer evidence-informed solutions to advance racial equity, and share their insights with decisionmakers across the country.

I’m looking forward to how the Equity Scholars’ expertise and lived experience will strengthen not only Urban’s work but our workplace, too. The program draws upon best practices in cohort, or cluster, hiring and is just one effort of many under our approximately $7 million internal investment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and drive long-term change within our organization.

Below are the 2022–24 Urban Institute Equity Scholars (see full bios at link) and the policy centers in which they will work:

If you have any questions or want to learn more about the program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at I welcome your ideas.