We challenge inequality by focusing on four research priorities: housing justice, predatory financialization, policing and incarceration, and decolonizing the university. In response to these key themes, we are seeing tremendous and inspiring activism. We are committed to leveraging the university’s intellectual assets and activities in solidarity with social movements and community-based organizations. Through these partnerships we aim for our research to shape and support racial, social, and economic justice.
If we do not create a community and a world where equal opportunity, justice, and an active regard for the environment is the rule, then no act of technological genius will matter because the likelihood is that some of us, or most of us, will be denied the enjoyment of the wonderments of this planet and the gifts of science.
The Institute on Inequality and Democracy, its genesis, and its future, reflect the vision, dedication, and hard work of many people. A generous gift by Meyer and Renee Luskin made the first idea for the Institute possible, mobilizing faculty, students, and staff in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs to envision a platform for social justice, urban life, and global futures. We invite you to join us.