Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism

The Research Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism aims to launch and coordinate cross-disciplinary research on how to identify and overcome racially discriminatory processes across a range of American institutions and policy domains.

The effort brings together faculty and researchers from all five schools and the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT, as well as partner institutions. Building on the extensive social science literature on systemic racism, our focus is to use big data to develop and harness computational tools that can help effect structural and normative change towards racial equity.

Video produced and edited by Shel Evergreen.

Videography by:

Christopher Harting Studio

& Stephanie M. McPherson


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Artificial Intelligence

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Data Science

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Info & Decision

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Institutional Behavior

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Life Sciences

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Machine Learning

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Systems Innovation

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Systems & Networking


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Big Data

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Healthcare / Medicine

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Social Networks

Urban Systems

Leadership Team

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Fotini Christia

Director, SSRC / Associate Director, IDSS

Ford International Professor, Social Sciences

Munther Dahleh

Munther Dahleh

Director IDSS

William A. Coolidge Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science