To advance policies, practices, and programs that are kind to urban people and environments.
UrbanKind Institute is a think-and-do tank. Rooted in a commitment to equity and social justice, we work at the interface of community experiences, public policy, and academic research. By bridging the gap between the three, we bring people and ideas together that would not likely otherwise meet.
Informed by a diverse set of experiences and a critical, interdisciplinary lens, we undertake research, community building, and equity-based facilitation. We seek to expand equitable and just outcomes, strengthen the voices of often-excluded populations, and improve youth outcomes. Our work spans several areas, including: education, environment, housing, jobs, neighborhoods, public safety, and transportation.
Our success is rooted in our belief in asking critical questions. Acknowledging, understanding, and discussing contentious or uncomfortable issues is necessary to address problems and create effective solutions. Positive change--change that benefits all parties--doesn't happen without honest and sometimes tough conversations.