The Institute brings together
a diverse and creative group of scholars and researchers from various
disciplines to focus on the histories, present conditions, and the future
prospects of racially and ethnically marginalized people. Informed by
real world needs, its work strives to have a meaningful impact on policies and
The Institute also focuses
on the interrelatedness of race and ethnicity with other factors such
as gender, class, and culture and how these are embedded in structures
and systems. Collaboration with other institutions and organizations around
the world and ongoing relationships with real people, real communities
and real issues are a vital part of its work.
The Institute employs many
approaches to fulfilling its mission: original research, publications,
comparative analyses, surveys, convenings and conferences. It is part of
a rich intellectual community and draws upon the insight and energy of
the faculty and students at Ohio State.
While the Institute focuses
on marginalized racial and ethnic communities, it understands that
communities exist in a relationship to other communities and that fostering
these relationships deepens the possibility of change.