We seek to enrich the dialogue and research on racial wealth disparities, with a particular focus on asset building and wealth accumulation in communities of color and among low income populations.

Center Associates conduct studies that support the work of Ford funded asset building coalitions and assist them in moving forward in achieving their asset building work and policy goals, and that are of interest to state and national legislators, policy advocates, and others interested in the racial wealth divide.

The Center provides a sound research infrastructure with the capacity to:

  • organize quality research on the critical issues related to the wealth gap in the U.S.;
  • produce useful resource documents; conduct qualitative and quantitative studies and reports;
  • acquire, manage and analyze large data sets including census and HMDA data; and
  • conduct spatial studies using GIS.

The Center has produced several resource documents, papers and reports related to various asset building issues facing low income populations and communities of color in the U.S.

Projects and Grants

Analyzing Administrative Data from major Affordable Housing Programs in DC

Funder: Robert Woods Johnson Foundation (RWJF),  

Funding:  $250,000 for December 01, 2020- November 30, 2022 period. 

PI. Haydar Kurban 

Dissertation Proposal Workshop

This workshop is designed to provide students the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to prepare a dissertation proposal. Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth (CRW) and the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have jointly organized Dissertation Proposal Workshops on the Howard University campus since 2017. This one-week-long event is held in May.

Funder: Funding is provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of IRP’s National Poverty Research Center award. 

Funding:   About $95,000 annual sub-award from IRP for the 2017-2021 period.   

PI: Haydar Kurban 


Junior Scholars Intensive Training (JSIT) Workshop

Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth (CRW) and the Center for Financial Security (CFS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have jointly organized Junior Scholar Intensive Training (JSIT) since 2018. The one-week-long intensive Summer Workshop is held in June.

FunderThe Social Security Administration (SSA). 

Funding: About $120,000 Subaward from the University of Wisconsin-Madison the Center for Financial Security (CFS) for 2018-2022 period.  

PI: Haydar Kurban