Latino Young Men and Boys (LMB) | Past Initiatives

Welcome to our new interactive space for encouraging constructive exchange by and about Latino Men and Boys (LMB). Our goal in supporting this jointly-hosted electronic forum is to advance first-voice, creative exchanges on issues and opportunities that especially affect Latino males ages 16-30, read more…

For decades, California’s social, economic and political landscape has produced large numbers of Latino young men and boys whose normal and healthy development has been stifled, if not suspended. Beginning with their early experiences in families that often are under severe economic (and, owing in many instances to non-citizenship status, political) hardship, most of these young Americans face great disadvantages before they even have the opportunity to reach adulthood, read more…

To advance this work, we urge you to participate and engage! We will provide periodic updates and expert commentaries, interviews, and documentary content to build on and complement your own inputs, read more…

Why Focus on Young Men and Boys? 

We are concerned about ensuring the success of all young Latinos in American society, male and female. We are aware that Latina Americans face their own formidable and unique challenges in American culture and economy. And we intend to direct focus to those important issues in downline aspects of our planned future work. However, we begin our survey of minority youth issues with this focus on Latino Young Men and Boys for certain key reasons, read more…

Knowing Our History to Know Who We Are

This webspace is additionally intended to ground current discussion about the Latino male identity and pathways forward in American society in a broader understanding and appreciation of Latino history, read more…

Overcoming Disparity: Latino Young Men and Boys – Book Series

The Overcoming Disparity Project is rooted in a three book series outlining the social and economic disparities faced by Latino young men of color and provides strategies to increase their ability to lead healthy and successful lives. Based on the culturally grounded model called La Cultura Cura, the practices outlined in these volumes emphasize Chicano/Latino history and use of cultural expression to heal, educate, create self-awareness, and inform the development of comprehensive community strategies, systems change, and public/private alignment to advance socially-focused ventures that encourage youth and community development.

The book series includes: Latino Young Men and Boys in Search of Justice and Overcoming Disparity. The team of Author/Editor, Frank de Jesús Acosta and Co-Editor, Henry A.J. Ramos also offer a related Arte Público Press publication, The History of Barrios Unidos.

Click on each cover below to learn more about the three book series.

Latino Young Men and Boys, In Search of Justice, Testimonies (December 2015) Overcoming Disparities, Profiles in Best Practice (March 2016) The History of Barrios Unidos, Healing Community Violence, Cultura Es Cura (originally published in May 2007)

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative | Past Initiative

Who We Are:

The Insight Center’s Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative is a national effort to address the wealth gap that leaves the average American family of color with only 16 cents for every dollar owned by the average white family. To close this gap in the next generation, we have brought together over 180 scholars, advocates, and practitioners of color to inform the national economic debate with diverse perspectives and provide policy solutions to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all Americans.

Why This Matters:

Unleashing the potential that exists in all our communities to generate economic growth is essential to ensure a globally competitive economy, but it depends on our nation’s commitment to eliminating inequities and providing opportunities for all families to build their wealth (assets minus debts). Without wealth, families and communities cannot become and remain economically secure. Public policies have and continue to play a major role in creating and sustaining the racial wealth gap, and they must play a role in closing it.

What We Want to Accomplish:

To ensure that public policies address racial economic disparities and create economic opportunity for all, regardless of race and ethnicity, and to reframe the public policy debate to recognize the importance of wealth building and the racial dimension of the wealth gap. To that end, the Initiative has developed a set of policy principles, fact sheets and a white paper “Laying the Foundation for National Prosperity: The Imperative of Closing the Racial Wealth Gap,” that serve as a framework for developing and implementing policies that will close the racial wealth gap and that include people of color as full and equal participants in the economy.

How We Work:

Through the Initiative’s Experts of Color Network (ECON), a network of over 180 of the nation’s leading American Indian, Asian, African-American, Latino(a), and Native Hawaiian experts in the asset-building field, we are educating policymakers about the racial wealth gap, providing the media with experts who can speak on issues that are most relevant to today’s economy, and developing solutions to close the racial wealth gap. These scholars, policy specialists, advocates and community leaders have given Congressional briefings, and provided testimony on issues like housing, jobs, savings and investment, debt, credit, social insurance and business development. Through strategic communications, they are actively framing economic issues with a racial lens and building public will for inclusive policies. Already, the work of the Initiative and members of the Experts of Color Network have been featured in several national media outlets including The Washington Post, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Reuters, The Huffington Post and NPR.

What We Can Do:

We have a portfolio of services and programs that foster the development of equitable asset building policies that can help close the racial wealth gap, increase the economic security of low-income people, and help women and minority owned businesses thrive. Our approach includes increasing the impact of experts of color in the media and public policy arena, improving community and family savings strategies, and developing and promoting models to grow diverse small businesses.Our staff can:

  • Analyze the racial impact of public policy
  • Develop and give presentations and workshops on the racial wealth gap and how to close it
  • Develop community and family savings and asset-building strategies
  • Design small-business and micro-enterprise development policy and programs
  • Research and develop sector-based strategies for small business development, including minority and women owned business

Contact Us

To learn more about our work or to contact an expert of color, please email Anne Price or call 510.251.2600.

InBiz, the Inclusive Business Initiative | Past Initiatives

The Inclusive Business InitiativeSM is a project of the Insight Center for Community Economic Development that provides information to states and local governments, as well as diverse small businesses and their advocates, in order to further the inclusive business programs of public agencies. This initiative is a key component of the Insight Center’s work to advance strategies that build family and community assets and help overcome the racial wealth gap.

Click to view and download publications about InBiz.