Brain Trusts

In an effort to honor its charge to support scholarly research about issues that affect urban communities, at home and abroad; expand its outreach to the urban community as a collaborative stakeholder and neighbor to help communities develop, grow and thrive; and to become one of the most influential research and resource centers for urban issues in the nation, the URRC works with and through brain trusts in four areas: Education Reform, Criminal Justice, Housing and Community Development and History of African Americans.

These brain trusts will include university and community representatives who will help develop policies or change existing policies; create and promote the requisite visions of the environments and realities the URRC seeks to transform; facilitate grassroots-generated solutions; make the connection between local issues and their global relevance; and make the connection between global issues and their local relevance. These brain trusts will serve as a bridge between the university and the urban community.