About the Center

The Center for Research on People of Color (CRPC) was established in 2020 at the Columbia University School of Nursing. Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, PhD, serves as founding director of the center. Its vision is to serve as a hub for effective interdisciplinary scholarly work focused on health equity and justice for people and communities of color.

The work of the CRPC is rooted in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assertion that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” The center provides multidisciplinary resources for research and educational programming, with a focus on conducting vital scholarly work to address injustices in health care that affect communities of color.

The CRPC achieves its mission through the interconnected impact of various activities, including outreach and research. On the outreach front, the center brings people together via seminars, summer programs, and conferences and then disseminates the information collected through these activities.

And on the research front, the CRPC supports pilot investigators in conducting research through one-on-one mentoring and study consultation. In addition, the center supports research projects that involve people of color by assisting investigators with recruitment and retention methodologies, project databases, statistical analyses, and access to biostatistics and data management consultation.

In sum, the CRPC’s goals are as follows:

  1. Promote and expand the body of research related to people of color
  2. Provide consultation and mentoring for researchers
  3. Offer learning experiences related to health equity

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