June 4, 2013
New Report by the Applied Research Center Presents Challenges, Opportunities, and Recommendations


April 23, 2013

Undocumented immigrants and their allies insist the Grey Lady get with the times

April 3, 2013
April 3, 2013 (New York, NY) – The Applied Research Center (ARC) applauds the Associated Press decision to eliminate the phrase “illegal immigrant” from its 2013 Stylebook and calls on other institutions to do the same. A watershed moment in ARC’s Drop the I-Word campaign against dehumanizing language, the Stylebook change will have a tremendous impact on newspaper and other media coverage around the country.
July 10, 2012

Recommends Better Collaboration To Advance Racial and Economic Equity

May 23, 2012

May 24, 2012 (New York, NY) -- Through a series of focus groups in key cities with Occupy participants and other activists aged 18-30, the Applied Research Center today released findings on young people’s motivations for engaging in activism, concerns about electoral politics, and thoughts on the extent to which race and racism should be an explicit part of current struggles for economic justice. The report also provides recommendations on key ways to engage millennials of all races/ethnicities in social justice work.

May 9, 2012

A leader in the racial justice movement, the Applied Research Center (ARC) today announced a schedule of upcoming webinars and speaker line-up for its Facing Race national conference, with a new promotional video presented by ARC Executive Director Rinku Sen, including testimonials from Melissa Harris Perry, Maria Teresa Kumar, Van Jones, and Ai-jen Poo. Facing Race will be held in Baltimore, MD, from November 15-17, with Junot Díaz keynoting. Registration and information is available at

April 18, 2012

April 18, 2012 (New York, NY) – The Nation magazine and today announced a new partnership that will offer in-depth coverage of voter suppression efforts nationwide throughout the 2012 election season. "Voting Rights Watch 2012" will focus on the racial impact and dimensions of restrictive Voter ID laws, barriers faced by voter registration organizations, and efforts to "police the vote" and other intimidation tactics on Election Day.

April 3, 2012

April 3, 2012 (New York, NY) -- The Sidney Hillman Foundation has awarded reporter Seth Freed Wessler with the 2012 Hillman Prize, one of the most prestigious honors a journalist can receive, for his “Shattered Families” investigation of the intersection of deportation and child welfare.

March 26, 2012

March 27, 2012 (New York, NY) -- Celebrating 30 years in the racial justice movement, the Applied Research Center (ARC) announces its first managing director, Melinda Weekes, who is renowned in the social justice movement for her experience as leadership strategist, facilitator, and collaborative capacity builder.

February 14, 2012

February 14, 2012 (New York, NY) – An action launched on Valentine’s Day 2012 by and the Applied Research Center is rallying public support to save a family scheduled from torn apart by the Department of Social Services in Allegheny County, NC. Felipe’s family is emblematic of thousands of families devasted by immigration enforcement and child welfare systems that collide and greatly increase the chance that children will never see their families again.

February 2, 2012

Last night ABC Nightline & World News with Diane Sawyer ran a feature story on families being shattered by immigration enforcement, citing ARC’s groundbreaking “Shattered Families” report, which offers the first national data on more than 5,000 children in foster care due to the detainment or deportation of their parents.  ARC projects another 15,000 children will face the threat of permanent separation from their families in the next five years. VIDEO:

January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012 (New York, NY) -- Early bird registration is open for the Applied Research Center’s 2012 Facing Race National Conference, to be held days after the presidential election, with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz serving as keynote speaker. Register today at the early bird price of $175 for Facing Race, November 15-17, at the Baltimore Hilton in Maryland:

November 15, 2011

November 14, 2011 (New York, NY) – The national Drop the I-Word campaign ( today called for the AP Stylebook to cease use of the term “illegal immigrant.” Drop the I-Word is a public education campaign to eradicate the harmful term “illegals” and related words from public discourse, led by the Applied Research Center (ARC) and, and working in partnership with the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) and its Somos/We Are Initiative, as well as various other institutions. Through individual and organizational endorsements, thousands of people have pledged to drop the i-word.

November 2, 2011

Un reporte nuevo por el Centro de Investigación Aplicada (ARC, por sus siglas en inglés) conservadoramente estima que hay mas de 5,000 niños cuyos padres han sido detenidos o deportados, que actualmente viven en cuidados de crianza temporal. Hasta la fecha no ha habido ningún otro dato nacional disponible acerca de los niños impactados por la intersección de la aplicación de leyes de inmigración y el sistema de bienestar infantil.

November 2, 2011

A new report from the Applied Research Center (ARC) conservatively estimates that there are more than 5,000 children currently living in foster care whose parents have been either detained or deported. To date, there has been no national data available on the numbers of children impacted by the intersection of immigration enforcement and child welfare systems.

June 8, 2011

June 8, 2011 (Washington, DC) -- Campus Progress and today announced the three grand prize winners of the 2011 National Keynote Contest. The contest, which was launched in April, called on young people to speak their minds about racial and social justice for a chance to win a free trip to Washington, DC on July 6 to address over 1,000 attendees at the 2011 Campus Progress National Conference.

June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011 (New York, NY) – Applied Research Center, the nation’s leading think tank on racial justice, today releases a 40-page study and accompanying video on the racial attitudes of young people, whom many pollsters and commentators have prematurely labeled as "post-racial."

March 21, 2011

NEW YORK, March 1, 2011— is thrilled to celebrate a remarkable year and plans for growth. Since launching as a daily news and analysis site in mid-2010, the site has grown exponentially, expanding audience by ten-fold, building vibrant community in social media and playing an active role in mass media discussions. All of this allows to achieve its core mission: introducing a mass audience to new ideas and solutions for bringing about racial justice.

September 15, 2010

September 15, 2010 (New York, NY) – A new, landmark study on the relationship between racial justice organizations and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities finds the lack of resources, funding, and community support are obstacles to engagement. The study, titled, “Better Together: Research Findings on the Relationship between Racial Justice Organizations and LGBT Communities,” was produced by Applied Research Center (ARC) in partnership with the Arcus Foundation.

August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010 (New York, NY) – Applied Research Center, the nation’s leading think tank on race, is thrilled to present Facing Race 2010, the largest multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, advocates and activists on racial justice in the country. With a comprehensive lineup of presentations and workshops covering a breadth of racial justice issues, prestigious speakers,and expected numbers of more than 1,000 participants, Facing Race is the nation’s premier conference on racial justice, to be held September 23-25 at the McCormick Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL.