Technical Assistance

Our Specialty

The Roy Wilkins Center specializes in conducting rigorous, objective analyses of discrimination against minorities and women so that public agencies can meet both the letter and the spirit of the law. Using pioneering tools and well-tested techniques, our experts and legal consultants help state and local entities achieve their goals in developing race- and gender-based affirmative action programs that comply with federal regulatory and constitutional requirements. If needed, the Roy Wilkins Center custom designs effective and lawful race-neutral and race-conscious programs that meet statutory mandates and improve the process for procuring goods and services from businesses owned by minorities and women.

Our Methodology

Our experts employ innovative quantitative and qualitative methods to identify whether disparities exist between the availability of willing, able and qualified minority- and women-owned firms and those actually participating in the public procurement and contracting process. This includes employing advanced econometric and statistical methods to:

  • Study the local marketplace to provide an objective picture of the state of business discrimination in a particular city, county, state, or region.
  • Analyze and interpret complex national and regional databases to precisely measure whether any existing disparities in contracting are the result of discrimination.
  • Understand contractors’ qualitative experiences with your contracting policies and procedures.
  • Develop effective strategies to engage minority- and women-owned firms in your contracting process and design comprehensive, legally defensible race- and gender-conscious programs.

The Roy Wilkins Center does not apply a “cookie cutter” or “one size fits all” approach. By applying the highest empirical standards and managing an inclusive, community-sensitive process, The Roy Wilkins Center helps clients achieve sound and sustainable policy solutions that precisely reflect their history, address their issues, and fit their needs.

Our Director

Dr. Samuel Myers, Jr. is the Director of the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Read his full bio here.

Litigation Support

  • Geyer Signal, Inc v. Minnesota Department of Transportation, et al. "Second Rebuttal Report of Defendants' Expert" April 2013
  • Geyer Signal, Inc v. Minnesota Department of Transportation, et al. "Rebuttal Report of Defendants' Expert" March 2013
  • Geyer Signal, Inc v. Minnesota Department of Transportation, et al. "Initial Report of Defendants' Expert" 2012
Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations & Social Justice

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
217 Humphrey Center
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612-626-8093