Introducing the Race, Research & Policy Portal

RRAPP is a FREE online resource dedicated to summarizing and promoting research publications on diversity, racial equity and antiracist organizational change in private, public and non-profit firms and entities. Many of RRAPP’s resources highlight academic studies, which are often hidden behind subscription paywalls and are subsequently underutilized. RRAPP helps changemakers learn and find the tools they need.

  • Goal one

    Create a central repository for research and publications related to antiracist policy to foster accountable and sustainable organizational and institutional change.

  • Goal two

    To further the field of racial equity, advance knowledge, and promote the implementation of effective interventions, while providing practitioners easy access to nationally significant materials to further sustainable change.

  • Goal three

    Increase the use of this knowledge in the classroom, student research, and in curriculum at professional schools, such as law, business, and medicine; allowing for more dissemination and uptake of important antiracist learning.

How To Guides

By developing “How To” guides, RRAPP has grouped together a set of articles to address a specific thematic area. These guides are meant to be focused on a singular yet multifaceted issue and to provide an entry point for further exploration of the topic.

What not to do, what we know doesn’t work

Research on racial equity and antiracist institutional practice is emerging and continues to help inform the field. What conclusions can be drawn about what are effective or ineffective approaches?

Organizational change with community stakeholders

Organizational change can be both a bottom-up and top-down endeavor. What does it look like to engage community stakeholders at all stages of antiracist change, and what are the most effective and equitable practices?

How to make your organization more accountable

How is accountability defined and measured? What does it look like when an organization claims antiracism as a core value and holds itself accountable for meeting racial equity goals? How is that accomplished?

Building an Antiracist University

The world of education is rife with policies and practices that perpetuate and promote racism. How do organizations with educational mandates work to recognize, understand, and address these issues?

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Institutional Change and Accountability

Research related to structural and organizational change within institutions and how and what accountability can be implemented in specific settings.

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Intersectional Analysis

Research related to the intersection of racial equity with other marginalized identity groups.

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Media, Communications, and Technology

Research related to racial equity and intersections in media, journalism, the digital landscape, and other forms of communication.

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Organizational and Individual Health, Behavior, and Psychology

Research related to health, psychology, and other social and societal factors as they relate to well-being and racial equity.

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Training & Evaluation

Research related to racial equity training programs, workshops, and evaluation, in addition to measurement of training programs and of other racial equity interventions.

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Recently Added Articles

Journal of Business and Psychology

Title VII Sex and Race Discrimination Litigation Settlements as Opportunities for Organizational Change

Introduction In the four decades since the passage of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin, many changes have occured in the American workplace. Yet, gender and racial segregation in companies persists along with professional environments that are hostile to women,…

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MIT Sloan Management Review

Fighting Backlash to Racial Equity Efforts: Understanding the Real Reasons Why Diversity Initiatives Provoke Opposition Can Help You Lead Employees Through Cultural Transformation

Introduction A byproduct of the global viewing of the ruthless killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin was the proliferation of new racial equity/anti-racism statements, plans, and initiatives by businesses and organizations. Witnessing the public recording of police brutality/police violence forced many individuals and corporations to confront the fact that systemic racism exists…

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Journal of Management & Governance

Board Diversity and Organizational Valuation: Unravelling the Effects of Ethnicity and Gender

Introduction A board of directors is a crucial aspect of an organization’s leadership. Members are instrumental in shaping a company’s mission, goals, and financial success. Historically in Western culture, seats on boards of directors have been largely homogeneously dominated by those who have held political and economic power in those societies – white men.  This…

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The New England Journal of Medicine

How Structural Racism Works — Racist Policies as a Root Cause of U.S. Racial Health Inequities

Introduction The Black Lives Matter movement has put the spotlight on the costly impact of racism on Black lives and led to a growing recognition that racism has a structural basis and is embedded in long-standing social policy. Racism is not ahistorical and neither are U.S. health care and public health institutions and practices. Drs.…

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