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Download and View Report Weinland Park is not the model of equitable and inclusive neighborhood revitalization that communities should duplicate, but it is an example of what an attempt can look like in the middle American city.
 
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Understanding the Psychological and Structural Barriers People of Color Face in the Criminal Justice System By Kelly Capatosto, Research Associate   At the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, our mission is to ensure that all people and communities have the opportunity to succeed. As part of this mission, our Institute recognizes two barriers to opportunity that people of color may face while interacting with various systems or institutions. These two barriers are Race and Cognition and Structural Racialization.
 
The Kirwan Institute has engaged with over 400 South Side residents concerning their views on the South Side and we have learned that resources for child development and access to resources for personal and community economic development are important factors for securing an equitable South Side. Fortunately, the same third places that can provide powerful opportunities for the development of bridging social capital can also provide the same opportunities for these other factors.
 
Mid-Ohio Foodbank (MOF) has been providing hunger relief to central Ohio families since 1980. They partner with over 650 agencies in a twenty-county service region in central and eastern Ohio to provide hunger relief to hundreds of thousands of Ohioans every year. MOF is committed to becoming a learning institution and to continually improving its service model. To that end, MOF is seeking to better understand and meet their clients where they are.
 
The ability to exercise agency over where one lives is a hallmark of freedom. And yet, this privilege has not been equally afforded to all. Race has been—and continues to be—a potent force in the distribution of opportunity in American society. Despite decades of civil rights successes and fair housing activism, who gets access to housing and credit, on what terms, and where, remains driven by race. This is important to our shared future, because investments in homeownership are multiple and generational.
 
Download  An Intersectional Examination of Implicit Bias in Ohio School Discipline Disparities By Robin A. Wright Using publicly available data from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Interactive Local Report Card, this report builds on the 2014 analysis by examining discipline disparities at the intersection of both race and sex.
 
Civic engagement is more than just a set of practices; it is also a set of conditions. The civic engagement environment is not only informed by what we practice, but by how we are positioned in our communities. This environment exists in the interconnection of our community and individual lives. How we practice civic engagement is tied to our access to resources and opportunities, which is dependent upon the (perceived and intended) motivations behind issue-specific public engagements.
 
Download Creating a baseline typology to guide investment (preliminary findings).
 
Download 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.
 
Never before have we, as a society, seen such long lifespans for such a large number of people. Never before have we, as a community, had to grapple with the opportunities and challenges presented by living in a community with so many aging family members. Living longer can be a blessing and a gift. It can be a challenge, particularly when one faces poverty, housing insecurity, disability, or isolation. Vulnerable seniors typically do not face a single difficulty, but compounded challenges.
 
Download For the Gulf Coast super region containing New Orleans and Baton Rouge, events such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP Oil Spill have highlighted existing inequalities in access to opportunity. In the years since these events, efforts to rebuild the region have often reflected those pre-existing inequalities and even exacerbated them.