In 2002, then Dean of the School of Social Work Larry E. Davis established the Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) at the University of Pittsburgh to help lead America further along the path to social justice by conducting race-related research, mentoring emerging scholars, and disseminating race-related research findings and scholarship. Currently Dr. John Wallace is the Center's interim director and Penelope Miller is the center coordinator.

Mission and Areas of Focus

The University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems conducts applied social science research on race, color, ethnicity and their influence on the quality of life for all Americans.

Leadership and Staff

The Center on Race & Social Problems is led by Interim Director Dr. John Wallace.


Each year, CRSP partners with Homewood Children's Village to train MSW students to work in under-resourced communities of color. 


We would like to acknowledge, with sincere thanks and appreciation, our sponsors, whose generosity and support makes our work possible:

Annie E. Casey Foundation; Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC; National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; Reed Smith LLP; The Falk Foundation, The Heinz Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the University of Pittsburgh Office of the Provost.