Urban Institute Launches New Equity Scholars Program

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WASHINGTON, DC, April 29, 2021—The Urban Institute unveiled a new program today that will expand the institution’s capacity to address structural racism and improve racial equity. Launching in January 2022, Urban will commit $2 million in funding to establish the Equity Scholars Program, supporting at least four equity scholars for two years. The candidates will produce rigorous independent research regarding race and equity in social and economic policy.

The Equity Scholars Program is an opportunity for emerging and established scholars with expertise in racial equity and structural racism to amplify the impact of their research. Their investigations will contribute to the existing and growing equity-focused research in Urban’s policy centers. Interested candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to policies, practices, or research methods that affect communities of color; improve the well-being of families with low to moderate incomes; and address racial justice and mitigate injustice.

“The growing inequities in our nation are one of the most pressing issues we need to work urgently to correct, particularly as we think about a post-COVID-19 world. At Urban, we’re dedicated to studying and delivering evidence-based solutions that will end structural disadvantages and discriminatory practices against vulnerable communities,” said Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute. “As our scholars strengthen and expand our research, we’ll provide policymakers across the country with the tools they need to drive transformative change.”

Future scholars will be embedded in one of Urban’s policy centers and jointly affiliated with the newly formed Office of Race and Equity Research. Applications from interested candidates should be submitted by June 1, 2021. The new researchers for the Equity Scholars Program will be announced on August 1, 2021.

The newly selected members of the Equity Scholars Program will complement Urban’s existing research on structural racism and what it would take to overcome its damaging effects and ensure a more equitable future. The equity scholars’ research will also be featured in Urban’s recently created Racial Equity Analytics Lab, which operates at the intersection of data science, social science, and public policy.

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