Be Equitable

We are developing knowledge, insights, resources and policy tools to increase equity and improve quality of life, in Houston and around the world. This means examining the resources and strategies needed to make all students successful. It means looking at different ways of promoting healthy communities and delivering healthcare. It means understanding the ways our policies, laws and culture allocate privilege and promote success.

Through the Be Bold campaign, Rice is prioritizing initiatives and programs that promote equity. From consulting directly with Houston public schools, to designing low-cost health technologies, to offering free online college textbooks — Rice students and faculty are leading efforts that bypass traditional roadblocks and deliver knowledge and practical solutions to the people who need it.

Rice students and faculty are using academic knowledge and research to promote equity in the public sphere. Help make their plans a reality.

With your support, we will...

Work towards equity and opportunity for all in Houston-area schools.

The Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) is working to uncover the root causes of educational inequity and close historic achievement gaps that rob promising students of opportunities to get ahead. To do this, HERC team members partner with Houston-area schools to identify and research challenges and then to produce data-driven, timely and equity-minded results for decision makers.


Solve real global health challenges and prepare students to lead tomorrow’s global health workforce.

Rice 360 Institute of Global Health Technologies educates students about the biological, social, economic and structural factors that give rise to health inequities. Students from different disciplines combine their strengths to solve these complex problems and then design and implement new technologies to address real global health challenges.

Create open access to knowledge and accelerate advancements in personalized learning.

OpenStax, founded by electrical and computer engineering professor Richard Baraniuk, seeks to scale the process of personalized learning. By creating high-quality, free, digital and print textbooks, the program increases access to knowledge and reduces a significant financial barrier for students. Meanwhile, OpenStax Tutor, an adaptive learning platform that works within OpenStax digital textbooks, creates a personalized learning experience and immediate, actional feedback. Learn more at

Open Stax

Provide scientific insight into the current social and economic challenges of our world today.

Rice students and faculty address Texas’s most pressing social and economic needs by collaborating closely with state and local government agencies. By providing scientific insight and independent, timely evaluations of current social and economic programs in the state of Texas, the Texas Policy Lab proposes policy to provide critical public services, steward public investment and deliver successful outcomes for residents.

Improve health outcomes for all children through policy solutions.

With a focus on identifying interventions and policy solutions, the Child Health Policy Program at the Baker Institute for Public Policy conducts original research that investigates the root causes of adverse health outcomes in children. Research projects, done in concert with hospitals, community and government agencies, often examine the interactions between social structure, neighborhoods, families and children.

Child Health Policy


Bring Rice into national and international conversations about curriculum and research related to Africa and people of African descent in the Americas.

The Center for African and African American Studies is Rice’s primary location for curriculum and research related to Africa and to people of African descent in the Americans. It provides a unique hub for work on such topics as critical approaches to race and racism, the nature of diasporic histories and identities, and the complexity of African’s past, present and future.

Enhance knowledge of inequality’s patterns, causes, consequences and impact.

Building Research on Inequality and Diversity to Grow Equity (BRIDGE) brings together Rice faculty and students to enrich understanding of inequality by leveraging Houston, one of the nation’s most racially and ethnically diverse urban centers. BRIDGE organizes talks, workshops, seminars and conferences and provides seed grants to support research endeavors that explore inequality within Houston and the broader Gulf Coast Region.



Build better cities and improve lives through cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a multidisciplinary think-and-do-tank focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sun Belt and around the world. Through informed research, data and policy analysis, the Kinder Institute hopes to engage civic and political leaders to implement solutions to critical urban issues, including education, governance, housing, mobility and transportation, resilience and demographics.

Foster dialogue, break down stereotypes and learn to work together for the common good.

The Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) conducts impartial social science research and engages with a wide range of societal leaders — including religious and academic leaders, civic organizers, scientists, politicians and public health officials — to understand how religion impacts their work. With polarization and misunderstanding on the rise, RPLP uses research on religion to build common ground for the common good.


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P.O. BOX 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Phone: 713-348-4991


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