Research: Roy Wilkins


Quantitative, econometric models are used to measure the breadth of a problem, delineate the causes, and help determine the direction and impact of possible solutions. In this framework, the center develops new models to detect and measure indicators of discrimination and inequality. Recent research topics include:

  • Racial and ethnic economic inequality
  • Housing availability and ownership among minority communities
  • The education achievement gap between students of color and white students
  • The impact and role of crime in minority communities

Sharing Research with Community Partners


To break down the "we vs. them" barrier that often arises between academics and communities, the Wilkins Center reaches out and learns from the communities most affected by public policy. Through partnerships with local organizations and community meetings, the center shares research and ideas to help communities effect change in their neighborhoods. Our partners include:

  • Association of Metropolitan School Districts
  • Communities of Color Institute for Organizational Leadership and Development
  • Faculty of Aboriginal and Islander Studies, University of South Australia International Research Institute for Maori and Indigenous Education
  • University of Auckland
  • McKnight Foundation
  • Minneapolis Urban League
  • Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning
  • McKnight Foundation
  • National Community Reinvestment Coalition
  • Urban Coalition
Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations & Social Justice

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