Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice
Racial Inequality and Public Policy
The Wilkins Center is dedicated to finding solutions to racial and ethnic inequality. Using an integrated model of research, dialogue, and community partnerships, the center guides and empowers policymakers and community leaders in developing and promoting solutions to the problems of racism and racial and ethnic inequality.
The center 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 center brings together a broad range of expertise to produce cutting-edge research, influence public policy, and implement viable programs on such topics as disparities, racial and economic inequality, educational opportunity gaps, and the impact and role of crime in minority communities. The center's four objectives are:
Promote Discussions on Race
Promote discussion on issues of discrimination, inequality, and racism by bringing together concerned stakeholders from all communities and disciplines to propose innovative, well-rounded solutions.
Foster discussion and bridge-building within and among the different communities of color to help them discover their common interests, discuss their differences, and work together to advance the needs of all people of color.
Conduct Quality Research
Conduct quality research on issues of pressing concern to minority populations to understand the root causes and propose solutions to them.
Educate Students in Public Policy
Educate greater numbers of students of color in public policy to help their communities gain a more active role in policy discussions and decision making that affects people of color.