Samuel L. Myers, Jr., Ph.D.
Director and Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
The Wilkins Center undertakes research to guide and empower policymakers and community leaders to develop and promote solutions to the problems of racism and racial and ethnic inequality.
The Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice was founded in 1992 as a joint effort of the University of Minnesota and the Roy Wilkins Foundation to carry on the legacy of Roy Wilkins, former chief executive of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). It is the only endowed center and chair in Wilkins' memory in the United States.
The Roy Wilkins Center is developing a model to bring together a broad range of expertise to produce cutting-edge research, influence public policy, and implement viable programs. The model includes four major components.
The Wilkins Center staff and research assistants currently are working on a number of research and community outreach projects.
The Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice, as a part of an effort to infuse dialogue, outreach and education within our community, nation, and world, has and will continue to proudly host many conferences and special events.