High-quality, multidisciplinary, applied research is at the core of the Center’s mission. The Center provides social scientists with both an identity and a location for research and training on racial topics, in addition to aiding researchers with the development and external funding of their projects. Faculty associated with the Center conduct basic and applied studies, quantitative and qualitative data collection, and primary and secondary data analysis.
These Research Advisory Panels (RAPs) bring together faculty members with similar interests to work individually or in groups to develop new research initiatives.
Faculty are encouraged to focus on developing real-life solutions to the topics they address. Faculty affiliated with the center are organized into groups for each of the Center's areas of focus:
- Criminal Justice RAP Chair: Jasmine Gonzales Rose (School of Law)
- Economic Disparities RAP Chair: Waverly Duck (Sociology)
- Educational Disparities RAP Chair: James Huguley (Social Work)
- Families, Youth and the Elderly RAP Chair: Fengyan Tang (Social Work)
- Health RAP Chair: Daniel Rosen (Social Work)
- Interracial Group Relations RAP Chair: Ashley Woodson (Instruction and Learning)
- Mental Health RAP Chair: Shaun Eack (Social Work)