The Foundation’s Cultural Contact program is concerned with understanding and improving relations between racial and ethnic groups in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other key institutional settings. Founded in 1992, the program has examined the effectiveness of diversity training and affirmative action in work places and on college campuses. It has also sponsored a series of working groups looking at how the American legal, education, and health care systems are responding to increased ethnic and cultural diversity. The current working groups address two new areas: the interaction between police and minorities, and the cultural frictions between immigrants and local residents in new areas of immigrant settlement.
This group examines the cultural frictions and ethnic and racial realignments that have resulted from the rapid growth and dispersion of the foreign born population in the United States at a time of high economic uncertainty and political polarization about immigration.
This group has integrated experimental and survey research with unprecedented access to police personnel data to shed light on how, why, and when race influences police decisions, and how law enforcement agencies might change their officer recruitment, hiring, and training decisions to reduce racial bias.