Improving Societal Well-Being and Opportunity
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Center for Advancing Opportunity is a research and education initiative born out of a partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Charles Koch Foundation, and Koch Industries. The Center supports students and faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as well as other majority colleges and universities to develop research-based solutions to the most pressing issues in fragile communities.
“Fragile communities are communities where residents — no matter their race or ethnicity — face significant barriers to opportunity. These communities are characterized by high crime, lack of quality educational options, and severely limited economic and social upward mobility opportunities.” – Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Center is working to advance opportunity through the following activities:
- Original Research: Supporting faculty at HBCUs working to develop research centers studying critical issues.
- These campus research centers will help bring together multiple faculty members interested in education, criminal justice, and entrepreneurship.
- Support for the campus research centers will include funding for research initiatives and undergraduate students studying these topics.
- Scholarships: Awarding scholarships to HBCU students pursuing careers in education, sociology, economics, and criminal justice research and awarding fellowships that will allow graduate researchers to study and research issues related to barriers to opportunity.
- On-Campus Programming: Supporting HBCU faculty working to bring speakers such as entrepreneurs, educators and economists to campus to facilitate conversations for students about removing barriers and advancing opportunity.
- Research and Polling: Partnering with Gallup to create an opportunity index that will capture real sentiments of individuals living in fragile communities and foster public dialogue.
- The State of Opportunity in America Forum: Convening annually HBCU researchers and other national thought leaders to examine research findings and develop solutions.