The Research Institute for Structural Change (RISC) is a nonprofit public interest research organization that promotes community-led social change in four areas of advocacy: gender and racial equity, global health, education and youth empowerment, and cultural change. Our mission is to mend the resource gap that exists between grassroots organizations working to eradicate structural inequalities and the data-driven needs community organizations must meet to thrive as effective agents of change in public and policy arenas.

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About Us

The Research Institute for Structural Change (RISC) is a nonprofit public interest research organization that promotes community-led social change in four areas of advocacy: gender and racial equity, global health, education and youth empowerment, and cultural change. Our mission is to mend the resource gap that exists between grassroots organizations working to eradicate structural inequalities and the data-driven needs community organizations must meet to thrive as effective agents of change in public and policy arenas. We forge partnerships and alliances that transform research into action through bold and inclusive research frameworks rooted in structural justice and in doing research in the public interest. We provide opportunity development for diverse researchers serving as community advocates, and we support individuals across artistic and activist arenas who are working to shift cultural conversations towards structural justice.  We believe that securing lasting, socially transformative structural change remains a pressing global challenge in the collective struggle for social, racial, gender, and environmental justice. Our era is increasingly defined by policy rollbacks and unprecedented setbacks in civil rights, gender equity, and environmental challenges that have deep structural causes and intersecting root structures. The Research Institute for Structural Change responds to the multilevel and multimodal challenges of ongoing structural inequality (such as racial health disparities and differential health outcomes tied to environmental racism) through an innovative systems-change framework that bridges high-quality research in the public interest with community activism and people-centered grassroots power.  Interested in joining our efforts?

Check out our projects and ways to support RISC

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News

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Get Involved

At RISC, we take ‘research for the people, by the people’ to mean a way of doing research that requires a change-of-lens perspective, one that shifts away from regarding academic researchers as ‘outside’ of community-based organizing networks and shifts toward acknowledging the unique skills and perspectives that diverse researchers bring with them as Black, Indigenous, people of color, 2SLGBTQ+, and disabled persons, but also as survivors of sexual, domestic, and intimate partner violence who are already engaged in advocacy work. We build supportive research and partnership environments (across legal, scientific, and humanities fields) where the research that informs community-led change is forged in a wealth of shared and lived expertise about the nature of structural violence our communities face, and the paths that must be forged collaboratively in pursuit of structural change. If you’re interested in joining our efforts, please fill out one of our contact forms below!

 
 
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Land Acknowledgment