Minorities, renters, and homeless people are more likely to be undercounted in the census. In the course of our work on the Census Bureau, we’ve reviewed efforts to improve its count of people in hard-to-count groups.
The link between racial and ethnic minorities and poverty has been studied for decades. Our work has looked at how socio-economic status has been linked to school safety, education quality, and higher school discipline rates among minorities.
Minority and low-income communities are more likely to be exposed to air pollution, hazardous waste, and industrial facilities. Much of this is due to disparities in the development and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Federal, state, and private companies have struggled to integrate and achieve diverse workforces. This also includes access to equal opportunities for promotions, pay, and upward mobility in places of work.