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Champion of Children Report: Jason Reece, Research Director, has been teaching the “Place Matters” mini-course for practitioners in the College of Public Health. On Wednesday, he was a panelist at the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s release of the 2015 Champion of Children Report Boys of Color, Boys at Risk. He did an exceptional job explaining data from the report and elaborating on the disparities that exist in the life trajectories for young boys and men of color.
Working with the Columbus Police Department: On Monday, Cheryl Staats, Senior Researcher, visited the Columbus Police Department to help construct an implicit bias lesson plan for law enforcement officers. Following that, Kwame and Robin co-facilitated a “Talking About Race” dialogue / presentation for the staff of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. The session helped staff members examine the role that structures, policies, and history play in shaping the life experiences of the clients Legal Aid serves.
School Discipline Issue Brief: Kelly Capatosto, Graduate Research Associate, wrote a new policy brief that documents, tracks, and evaluates emerging interventions in K-12 school discipline policy. This piece follows the changing landscape of school discipline in the U.S. as districts begin to abandon zero-tolerance policies. We’re interested not just in changes to overall discipline rates, but what that means in terms of racialized discipline disparities. The report has been posted to the “School Discipline” page on Kirwan‘s website. The direct link to the report can be found here.
Kirwan’s work on the South Side of Columbus: As part of our South Side work, on Monday Dwight “Kip” Holley, Research Associate, worked with some of our interns and Habitat for Humanity to facilitate surveys related to housing. Yesterday he spoke to students in Jason Reece’s class about Kirwan‘s work on the South Side and this weekend he will be in Lansing, Michigan for the final statewide conference for the Michigan Race Equity Coalition.
Continuing the Fair-Housing Debate: Kirwan submitted its second manuscript entitled “Neighborhood Opportunity and Location Affordability for Low-Income Renter Families” for publication in Housing Policy Debate. The article looks at expanding metrics looking at housing and transportation costs to include metrics of school quality.
Like the nation, Franklin County and the Columbus community have struggled to expand and secure pathways to opportunity for African American men and boys. Our community reflects the many systemic and structural challenges facing the African American community nationwide.
Targeted investments connecting young African American men and boys with pathways to opportunity can equip them with the tools needed to strive for more than just survival on the city’s Southside.
Such investments will empower them to lead engaged and fully participatory lives as equal citizens, with improved consequences for themselves, their families, their communities and the Columbus, Ohio region. Learn More…
The Kirwan Institute began publishing its annual State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review in early 2013. We are very excited to release this third issue as a part of our continued commitment to help deepen public awareness of brain science work underway at universities and colleges across the country about hidden biases that can shape our judgments and decision-making without our conscious awareness.
The implications of this body of scientific study—both decades old and newly emerging—are enormous. Contrary to the common belief that the nation’s progress with gender and racial equity has largely confined biases today to a small group of aberrational actors, researchers have shown that implicit biases are widespread and operate largely beneath the radar of human consciousness. Learn More…
Implicit Racial Bias in Education Introduction
Understanding racialized discipline disparities in K–12 public education, is crucial, as students who are “pushed out” of the classroom are denied educational opportunities. This research seeks to shed light on racialized discipline disparities and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by focusing specifically on implicit racial bias as a contributing factor to persistent discipline disproportionalities in schools.
Materials on this page highlight the relationship between implicit racial bias and school discipline. Included among the materials are documents that shed light on discipline disparities in Ohio, documents that explain how implicit racial bias can operate in the education domain and influence school discipline, a national scan of successful intervention strategies, issue briefs, a communications and social media toolkit, and other materials. We encourage you to share this content widely. Learn More…
Infant mortality is the rate at which babies die within their first year of life. Infant mortality is a measure that can be used to gauge the trends in women and child health, the quality and availability of medical care, public health practices, and the economy overall.
The Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force members have extensively studied the evidence on what works and the experience of other communities. They have considered how these practices and approaches can best be adapted to address the unique challenges – and build on the distinct strengths – of our own community. The Task Force also asked the community for its ideas about how we can turn the tide. Below are key findings from this process and an overview of the plan and recommendations. Learn More…
In June 2013, The Ohio State University Food Innovation Center awarded an Innovation Initiative to the Mapping the Food Environment project.
The objectives of this research initiative were:
Kirwan is a proud partner in this work and its impact on scholarship, teaching, community engagement, and the student experience. Learn more…
Kirwan Authors: Christy Rogers and Jason Reece
Authors: N. Hilbert, Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Wendy Ake, and Casey Hoy
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 5(1):1-23.
Alternative Agrifood Projects in Communities of Color: A Civic Engagement Perspective
Kirwan Authors: Glennon Sweeney, Kareem Usher, Kip Holley, and Christy Rogers
Authors: Casey Hoy, Jill Clark, and Colleen Spees
(submitted to Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development Call for Commentaries on Race and Ethnicity in Food Systems Work).
Finding Our Compass: The Process of Building our Community-University Food Mapping Team
Kirwan Authors: Christy Rogers
Authors: Michelle Kaiser, Michelle Hand, Casey Hoy, and Nick Stanich
(under review, Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship).
The State of Food Mapping: Academic Literature since 2008 and Review of On-Line GIS-Based Food Mapping Resources
Kirwan Authors: Glennon Sweeney and Christy Rogers
Authors: Michelle Hand, Michelle Kaiser, Jill Clark, and Colleen Spees
(forthcoming, Journal of Planning Literature)
Community-University Engagement via a Boundary Object: The Case of Food Mapping in Columbus, Ohio
Kirwan Authors: Christy Rogers
Authors: Jill Clark, Michelle Kaiser, Richard Hicks, Casey Hoy, and Colleen Spees
(forthcoming, Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education).
Building Health Communities of Opportunity
The Kirwan Institute is deeply engaged in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). The Institute has advised HUD on the program and is working with Sustainable Communities grantees in several regions. Learn More…
Sustainable Communities of Opportunity
Health is more than health care. It not only reflects personal choices about healthy habits, or access to primary care, but is significantly impacted by where one lives. Social factors like poverty, unemployment, housing, education, and the food system collectively exert an equally important, maybe even greater, impact on health. Although access to health care services and individual behavior play important roles in determining health, one’s immediate environment and access to opportunity structures are significantly more important. Kirwan’s research in this area has highlighted the importance of the spatial dynamics of health opportunity in understanding the social determinants of health and health outcomes. Learn More…
As a national leader in using data-driven tools and mapping to guide equity efforts, Kirwan actively supports data-informed equity and engagement initiatives in regions and municipalities located across the nation. This ongoing capacity building work is essential to creating Opportunity Communities, and the Institute will continue to partner with peer data and mapping organizations to promote this field development.
Kirwan strives to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have the opportunity to succeed. With that mission at the center of all that we do, Kirwan will conduct and disseminate research to deepen understanding of implicit bias and racial trauma, to expose how these powerful cognitive forces create and reproduce barriers to opportunity, and to promote interventions that protect against and reduce their influence.
In an area of rapid growth for the Kirwan Institute, we have forged new partnerships with experts in the fields of medicine and public health to promote community- and place-based efforts to improve health and health outcomes. Kirwan will continue to expand on this work to help educate the public, practitioners, community organizers and policymakers about the central role that regional and community development policies and fair and stable housing polices can play in addressing deep, structural health inequalities.
Kirwan will continue to support national fair housing and fair credit reform through ongoing collaboration with peer partners in Washington D.C. and elsewhere. Kirwan will work to advance the implementation of HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) policy, to evaluate its impacts, and to provide critical feedback to HUD to inform future housing reform.
Free To Ride: Official Trailer
Free To Ride Featurette: Civil Rights & Transportation
Free To Ride Featurette: What is Legal Aid
URBANStrings The Documentary: Official Trailer
URBANStrings Featurette: Introducing the Director
Do You See Me, Hear Me, Know Me: Students of Color Address Cultural Misconceptions
Student panelists shared personal experiences in response to misconceptions about their ethnicity and culture. Panelists also talked about how they encourage understanding and not judgment.
[January 22, 2015] Hale Black Cultural Center
Moderated by Eric Troy, MA; Program Manager, ODI
This a part of an ODI Diversity Discussion Series led by Robert Decatur, Program Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion Scholars Program
The Value of Students in the Columbus Community
The 2015 Office of Student Life Multicultural Center’s United Black World Month “Repairing the Breach” intro video.
Former Morehouse President Reaction to The Letter
TRAILER: A Reading of the Letter from Birmingham Jail
Morehouse Alumni Conversation About The Letter
As a university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity works to deepen understanding of the causes of—and solutions to—racial and ethnic disparities worldwide and to bring about a society that is fair and just for all people.
Kirwan Institute research is designed to be actively used to solve problems in society. Its research and staff expertise are shared through an extensive network of colleagues and partners—ranging from other researchers, grassroots social justice advocates, policymakers, and community leaders nationally and globally, who can quickly put ideas into action.
Sometimes, barriers within society prevent people from accessing opportunity. Such barriers are not always obvious to others—yet are real obstacles to success. Sustainable jobs, quality education, safe and affordable housing, a healthy environment, and access to health care are all important factors for stability and personal advancement in life. All of these factors, among others, interact to create a “web of opportunity.” How people and groups are situated within this “web” significantly influences their chances for happiness and success in life.
The Kirwan Institute uses a structural/systems approach to investigate the causes and consequences of racial disparities and to conceive policy solutions.
The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established at The Ohio State University in May 2003 and named for former university president William E. “Brit” Kirwan in recognition of his efforts to champion diversity.
The Kirwan Institute is led by Executive Director Sharon Davies, a former Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review while in law school at Columbia University. After graduation she worked as an Associate Attorney for Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. and Lord, Day & Lord Barrett Smith in New York City, and later served at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Davies joined the law faculty at Ohio State University in 1995, was awarded tenure in 1999, promoted to Full Professor in 2002, and named the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor in 2003. Davies teaches and writes in the area of criminal justice, and race and law. She is the author of Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America (Oxford 2010).