Center on Race and Wealth
Howard University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Economics
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About the Center

Principal Investigators’ Welcome

Charles L. Betsey
Co-Principal Investigator

 
Rodney D. Green
Co-Principal Investigator
 

We are pleased to welcome you to the website of the Howard University Center on Race and Wealth. The Center is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation’s initiative on Building Economic Security over a Lifetime. Since 2007, we have been carrying out research on the topic of racial wealth disparities. We engage academic researchers and state and regional asset building coalition leaders in research that will inform the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences, and solutions to the problem of racial wealth disparities.

We hope you are informed by what you find on this site and are motivated to get involved in finding a solution to closing the racial wealth gap. If you have questions or if there is something we can do to assist you, please let us know.

Thank you for your interest in the work of the Center.

Charles L. Betsey and Rodney D. Green
Co-Principal Investigators
Center on Race and Wealth

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Overview

The Howard University Center on Race and Wealth (CRW) was created in 2007 through a grant from the Ford Foundation. It is housed in the Economics Department and is led by Dr. Charles L. Betsey and Dr. Rodney D. Green. The goal of the CRW is to enrich the dialogue and research on asset building, wealth accumulation, and racial wealth disparities. It supports the Ford Foundation’s initiative on Building Economic Security over a Lifetime by assessing the research and technical assistance needs of the Initiative’s state and regional asset building coalition grantees and enlisting a team of experienced researchers at universities across the country—Center Associates—to conduct studies on asset building issues of interest to the coalitions. The work of this virtual “think tank” of academic researchers is supported by research assistants from the graduate economics program at Howard University.

Center Associates and their graduate assistants work with coalition grantees to support each coalition’s specific mission with regard to wealth creation education and advocacy in its particular state or region.

The Center holds an annual conference in Washington, DC on moving from research to policy ideas and advocacy for coalition leaders and their community-based organization partners, Center Associates, research assistants, and other affiliates of Ford’s Building Economic Security over a Lifetime initiative.

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Coalition Partners

The Center on Race and Wealth supports the Ford Foundation’s initiative on Building Economic Security over a Lifetime by assessing the research and technical assistance needs of the Initiative’s state and regional asset building coalition grantees and enlisting a team of experienced researchers at universities across the country to conduct studies on asset building issues of interest to the coalitions. 

The Center currently works with the following five state and regional asset building coalitions:

The Center for Public Policy Priorities / Opportunity Texas

EARN

First Nations Development Institute

Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights / Illinois Asset Building Group

Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition

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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Economics