Washtenaw County leaders call for action to address economic and racial inequity

The Ann Arbor News
By Ryan Stanton

Matt Martin, senior researcher at the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, talked about the Opportunity Index and how mapping the changing landscape of opportunity can contribute to equity and sustainability. He emphasized it’s more complex than just mapping poverty and income.

“We know that there are disparities that run deep and are historic, and that to boil it down and simplify it into one indicator is just not possible,” he said.

He said opportunity is made possible through transportation, housing, employment, education, health and safety.

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The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.