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Making Racial Equity Real in Research

September 15, 2020

The research field has come a long way since the days of explicit exclusion, exploitation, and experimentation on communities of color and other marginalized populations. Today we see increasing interest and available funding both for the study of racial equity and for conducting research in more equitable ways. While this certainly represents significant progress, the research field still struggles to overcome its legacy of White supremacy and structural racism. While many researchers and research institutions are recognizing and confronting inequities and power dynamics that are deeply rooted in their fields' culture and practices, this is not yet standard practice. The structures upholding racial injustice in research are so deeply entrenched that players at every level must work to dismantle them. This report offers recommendations for a wide audience, including research funders, academic and non-profit research institutions, individual researchers, and community partners.

Pathways out of Poverty: Boys and Men of Color and Jobs in the Health Sector

January 1, 2014

Rapid job growth in California's health sector is presented as a potential remedy for the crisis of high unemployment among boys and men of color in that state. The report outlines viable pathways to make this opportunity a reality through coordinated effort on public K-12 education, the juvenile justice system, and men's health.

Foundation Board Diversity: No Change in Diversity Since 2009

February 17, 2013

This analysis of the gender, racial, and ethnic makeup of the boards of directors of the largest 481 foundations in the nation reveals that 25 percent of the positions were held by people of color, including approximately 13 percent by African Americans, 6 percent by Latinos, and 6 percent by Asians. We were able to identify only one Native American board member in the 564 total board seats that we examined. The list of foundations was obtained fromthe Foundation Center's website and selectedthe top 50 foundations by asset size. We searched each foundation's website forinformation on the board of directors and recorded the race/ethnicity of each board member along with theirgender. To determine if the assessment of the race/ethnicity of each board member was correct, we crossreferencedtheir name with the NNDB (Notable Names Database, After recording therace/ethnicity of each board member we contacted their respective foundations to obtain a confirmation of the accuracy of the assessment. Data was collected in July of 2012.Only 18 of the 48 foundations sampled responded to the request for confirmation of the race/ethnicity of their board members. Thus, it is possible that some of our data is not accurate. In the interest of transparency, we encourage all foundations to disclose their board of directors diversity data on their websites. Additionally, we were not able to obtain information about the executive boards of the Walton Family Foundation or the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation, as they do not disclose such information about their boards

Funding the New Majority: Philanthropic Investment in Minority-led Nonprofits

June 30, 2008

The study examines foundation giving to minority-led nonprofits, based on two data sets: the 25 largest national foundations and the ten largest foundations in California by asset sets in 2005. Includes recommendations for foundations and researchers in this area.

Representing the New Majority: A Status Report on the Diversity of the University of California Medical School Faculty

June 28, 2007

Examines the racial and ethnic diversity of the five-campus University of California medical school system, and how effectively the UC medical schools are preparing a physician workforce that represents the diverse populations of the state.

Investing in a Diverse Democracy: Foundation Giving to Minority-led Nonprofits

November 7, 2006

This study examined three samples of 2004 data: 24 national private foundations, ten private foundations in California, and five community foundations in California. In additional to an analysis of the statistical findings, the report includes recommendations for foundations.