Institute on Race and Poverty

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The Institute on Race & Poverty (IRP) "was founded by john a. powell in 1993 at the University of Minnesota Law School. For over a decade, the Institute has focused its efforts on creating greater understanding of racialized poverty and changing policies and practices that affect the well-being of low-income communities of color. This is not a goal that can be accomplished independently. Thus the Institute collaborates with many advocacy groups and community organizations, national, state and local government officials, as well as faith-based, philanthropic, and business leaders, and media representatives.

"In the past year, IRP has undergone a transition that offers the opportunity to build on its strong national reputation in the area of race and poverty and its solid academic and theory-based foundation with a renewed focus on regional social, fiscal and growth dynamics and with new technical capacities. In 2002, IRP’s highly regarded founder, john powell, left to direct the Kirwan Institute on Race & Ethnicity at Ohio State University. Myron Orfield, a nationally recognized expert on race, poverty, urban finance, affordable housing, and regional reform was selected to direct IRP and serve as an associate professor of law." [1]



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  1. History, Institute on Race and Poverty, accessed July 8, 2007.