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Higher Education

aka Brandeis University   |   WALTHAM, MA, MA   |  https://brandeis.edu

Mission

Brandeis University is a community of scholars and students united by their commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and its transmission from generation to generation. As a research university, Brandeis is dedicated to the advancement of the humanities, arts and social, natural and physical sciences. As a liberal arts college, Brandeis affirms the importance of a broad and critical education in enriching the lives of students and preparing them for full participation in a changing society, capable of promoting their own welfare, yet remaining deeply concerned about the welfare of others.

Ruling year info

1941

President

Ronald Liebowitz

Main address

415 South Street MS 126

WALTHAM, MA, MA 02453 USA

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Formerly known as

Institute for Assets and Social Policy (IASP)

EIN

04-2103552

NTEE code info

University or Technological (B43)

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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A Mandate for Our Times: Racial, Social, and Economic Justice
Last summer, under the leadership of our new Director, Dr. Maria Madison, the Institute on
Assets and Social Policy began the process of creating a unified vision for its next stage. After
much deliberation, we decided to adopt a new name that clearly reflects this vision — the Institute
for Economic and Racial Equity, or IERE. Centered on bridging research to policy, action,
and practice, we will build on our track record of excellence in community-engaged work and
investigate racial inequity and gaps across under-served or maligned identities, utilizing our
assets-grounded lens to expand the scope and impact of our work. Our new title reflects this
renewed agenda.

The strength of our work as IASP was rooted in our desire to work with and across communities,
stakeholders, and funders. We will continue to center affected communities
in our work and will make community-engaged research a larger part of what we do. At the same
time, we will engage more partners and stakeholders, building broad coalitions to have a larger,
more sustainable impact. We know that forming a broad, multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team
will move us closer to a holistic response to our nation’s chasm of disparities. We will increasingly
be able to address the myriad issues that disproportionately affect particularly Black and
Indigenous communities, persons of color, immigrants, and those living in poverty. In order to
meet our goals, we will be • HIRING and partnering with racially and ethnically diverse visiting and permanent
scholars across disciplines who have expertise in our mandate toward putting whole
communities in view. We will also be hiring dedicated staff for development, operations,
and communications.• ENGAGING a pipeline of young scholars of color through a postdoctoral program and
new and existing stakeholders through convenings.• CREATING an interdisciplinary, multi-cultural advisory board to work with us to build our capacity and connect across constituency priorities

We recognize that identifying workable solutions for inequity requires a holistic vision
that includes the many systemic factors that drive inequality. The historical roots and persistence
of segregated housing are coupled with, for example, differential rates of incarceration over
generations. This fuels disparate rates of physical and mental health issues, coupled with a lack of
access to quality health care. A lack of access to quality jobs, fair wages, and opportunity pathways
is related to a lack of access to quality, affordable education. The ability to benefit from high-quality education relies on access to affordable, nutritious food, stable housing, and safety in a community. We believe that focusing our research on just one or a handful of these problems is not enough. Rather, our research portfolio must reflect our understanding that both inequities and solutions to inequities flow across subjects, disciplines, and practices.

Our work builds from our three main foci — racial wealth, health, and economic equity, housing
and, community stability, and work and opportunities pathways. Over the years, we have worked
on intergenerational wealth transfers, student loan debt, community-created and led systems
for economic empowerment, and more. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are studying the
widespread social and economic effects of the virus, as well as ways that stakeholders, for instance,
the Children’s Savings Accounts field, have adapted to the pandemic. In the coming months and
years, we will be broadening our focus to include more of the areas in which structural racism
reinforces inequities, including education, health, and the legal system.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 8/25/2021
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Board leadership practices

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  • Board performance
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Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/30/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.