• The Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project uses research to advance antiracism as a core value and institutional norm. IARA aims to move organizations from words to action to accountability by evaluating and disseminating the best evidence for achieving racial equity in the structures, policies, and practices of institutions.

  • Between individuals and societies are institutions that are the bedrock of civil society and bind the me and the we together. It is that work within our institutions, across every sector—private, public and nonprofit—that the IARA Project aims to address.

  • Because teaching an honest history of the enduring legacy of anti-Black racism in America is foundational to building a more equitable society, now and in the future. Promoting “color blindness” and ignoring race, racism and stereotypes lead to increased prejudice.

    Students sit at a table in a classroom listening to a teacher who is speaking at the front of the room

What policies and practices truly spark antiracist change in organizations? The Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project, situated within the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, is a team of academics, students, and experts dedicated to answering this question. Through rigorous evaluations of existing and ongoing structural changes, IARA shares what really works to effect antiracist change in organizations across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

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