The Kirwan Institute

The Kirwan Institute partners with people, communities, and institutions worldwide to think about, talk about, and engage issues of race and ethnicity in ways that create and expand opportunity for all. It was established at The Ohio State University in May of 2003 and named for former university president William E. “Brit” Kirwan in recognition of his efforts to champion diversity. Through interdisciplinary research and other working partnerships, the Institute aims to deepen the understanding of the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic disparities, in order to stimulate change to bring about a society that is fair and just for all people. We believe that all communities of people are interconnected and that society benefits when all human capabilities are developed and maximized to serve the greater good. To learn more, please visit the Kirwan Institute’s website.