The Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).
CoLab supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth.
We believe that community knowledge can drive powerful innovation and can help make markets an arena for supporting social justice. CoLab facilitates the interchange of knowledge and resources between MIT and community organizations. We engage students to be practitioners of this approach to community change and sustainability. [Extend]
We believe social science can play an important role in the struggle for social justice. Participatory Action Research (PAR) provides a critical framework for making science – systematic inquiry and analysis – a public enterprise. Allied with feminist, critical race, and indigenous theory, PAR is an approach to research that values the significant knowledge people hold about their lives and experiences. PAR positions those most intimately impacted by research as leaders in shaping research questions, framing interpretations, and designing meaningful research products and actions. With these commitments, The Public Science Project collaborates with academics, community organizations, schools, prisons, and public institut... [Extend]
Founded in 2005 as the J. McDonald Williams Institute, the mission of the Institute for Urban Policy Research is to provide research and evaluation, education and outreach, and project guidance and consulting services to inform, motivate, and inspire community-focused organizations that improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.
Our diverse staff recognizes the value of a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving, and brings a wealth of experience to each project we engage. We believe that our dedication to applying state-of-the-art, proven tools to solve problems empowers our clients to shape their future rather than being pushed by the current. At the end of the day, our clients know that they can depend on us for innovative, professional ... [Extend]
The Center for Research on Social Change (CRSC), formerly named the Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISSC), was founded in 1976. CRSC researchers use a combination of qualitative and quantitative social science research methods to undertake empirical investigations into critical social issues in the United States and abroad, with a particular focus on how immigration, globalization, economic restructuring, and development of new technologies are shaping and changing the structure and culture of various spheres within societies throughout the world. Institute research seeks to illuminate the lived experiences of people whose social locations are profoundly affected by broad processes of social change. Over the years, research projects at CRSC have helped to establish new research a... [Extend]
PBHA strives for social justice. As a student-run organization, we draw upon the creative initiative of students and community members to foster collaboration that empowers individuals and communities. Through social service and social action, PBHA endeavors to meet community needs while advocating structural change. PBHA seeks to promote social awareness and community involvement at Harvard and beyond.
The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is a student-run, community-based, nonprofit public service organization at Harvard University. PBHA is the umbrella organization for 86 student-directed programs, supported by full-time staff members. Together, these programs strive for change on multiple levels in the Boston and Cambridge communities. PBHA’s dual focused missio... [Extend]
As a university-wide, interdisciplinary research institute, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity works to deepen understanding of the causes of—and solutions to—racial and ethnic disparities worldwide and to bring about a society that is fair and just for all people.
Kirwan Institute research is designed to be actively used to solve problems in society. Its research and staff expertise are shared through an extensive network of colleagues and partners—ranging from other researchers, grassroots social justice advocates, policymakers, and community leaders nationally and globally, who can quickly put ideas into action. [Extend]
The Institute for Intercultural Research (IIR) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) addresses the needs and responds to the concerns of communities of color through research, public service and information resource sharing. In partnership with faculty, staff and community members, the Institute conducts scholarly research and sponsors public forums to address a variety of intercultural issues. In addition, the Institute serves as a clearinghouse of information, distributing and publishing reports, studies and papers in a broad range of intercultural areas. The director of the Institute is Gary L. Williams, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor, UWM Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies. He teaches courses in teaching techniques for community organizers and communit... [Extend]
The Institute for Families in Society was created in the early 1990s through the efforts of an interdisciplinary task force commissioned by the University of South Carolina. By 1992, the Institute was securely grounded by a generous donation from Cindy and Evan Nord. As an interdisciplinary research team, the Institute has worked with a variety of partners to strengthen families and communities. The mission of the Institute is to use University-community interdisciplinary research and practice as a platform to advance the science of helping families and vulnerable communities. The Institute will accomplish this mission by:
Fostering the discovery of pathways for reducing disparities, promoting environmental and social justice, and accelerating the translation of r... [Extend]
Jeannie Oakes & John Rogers founded UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access (IDEA) in 2000 with the goal of using UCLA’s research capacity and commitment to confront what may be the most pressing public issue in Los Angeles and in California today: bringing neighbors together across the many communities of Los Angeles to address the critical problems of public education. IDEA faculty, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and graduate students partner with young people, parents, teachers, and grassroots organizations to conduct research on the conditions of education and the challenges to educational change.
IDEA provides data and analyses in response to specific questions posed by the people who are most directly affected by schooling—students and th... [Extend]
The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School (CHHIRJ) was launched in September 2005 by internationally known legal scholar, litigator and activist, Charles Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. The Institute honors and continues the unfinished work of Charles Hamilton Houston, one of the 20th century’s most brilliant legal scholars and litigators.
The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute marshals the resources of Harvard and beyond to advance Houston’s dreams for a more equitable and just society. It brings together students, faculty, practitioners, civil rights and business leaders, community advocates, litigators, and policymakers in a variety of forums, conferences and meetings. Partic... [Extend]