Center for Urban Research and Learning

Loyola University Chicago

Here you will find all of CURL's research projects and publications. 

Minding the Gap: An Assessment of Racial Disparity in Metropolitan Chicago

(1/1/2002 - 3/1/2003)

In cooperation with the Human Relations Foundation of Chicago (HRF), CURL and the Jane Addams Hull House examined inequalities among racial and ethnic groups in Chicago.  Drawing from a broad range of existing data sources, researchers documented areas of reduced inequality as well as other areas of persistent inequality.

Minding the Gap: An Assessment of Racial Disparity in Metropolitan Chicago examines seven quality of life measurements: income, wealth and employment, education, housing, transportation, health, the lives of children and the criminal justice system.  This report, by examining these seven systems, not just one, creates a unique context for understanding both the complexity of these individual systems and the relationships between these systems.

The goal of this effort is not only to educate the public about these gaps, but also to serve as a catalyst for public and social policy discussion throughout the region by initiating a community engagement process.  The report was featured in a Sun Times Editorial.



 Research Team

  • P. Nyden, CURL and Sociology
  • N. Benefield, Graduate Fellow, Political Science
  • N. Hough, Graduate Fellow, School of Law
  • T. Neary, Graduate Fellow, History
  • E. Anderson, Undergraduate Student
  • K. Chapman, Undergraduate Fellow
  • R. Delia, Undergraduate Student
  • B. Filipiak, Undergraduate Student
  • R. Huck, Undergraduate Student
  • O. Maani, Undergraduate Student
  • E. Oldenburg, Undergraduate Student
  • D. Foster, Undergraduate Student
  • E. Peterson, Undergraduate Student
  • S. Veele, Undergraduate Fellow
  • A. Szopinski, Undergraduate Student

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