Describe and analyze data on racial and ethnic disparities in the chosen institution.
his assessment asks you to demonstrate a deep understanding of institutional discrimination through both research and data analysis. For the purposes of this assessment, you will assume that you are a consultant working for a bipartisan think tank studying one major institution: the
criminal justice system, the health care system, the education system, the workplace, or the housing market. In particular, you have been asked to research and analyze the prevalence and persistence of institutionalized discrimination that is based on race and ethnicity. You will explore
both the causes and consequences of institutionalized discrimination, from the perspective of the individuals it directly affects, the institution you have chosen, and society as a whole. It is your job to create a public information piece that highlights your findings regarding racial and ethnic inequities within your chosen institution. You will need to support your conclusions with credible data and scholarly research, rather than relying
on opinion, and demonstrate your ability to apply sociological thinking to your topic. The first step to prepare for this assessment is to research the topic of institutional discrimination in a specific institution, locating reliable, scholarly sources. Some suggested sources can be found in the Resources for this assessment. Using scholarly research and data, support and communicate the position of a bipartisan think tank group by creating a public information product. The final product should convey the extent to which institutional policies and practices—in the justice
system, in the education system, in health care, in the workplace, or in the housing market—disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities. Choose from one of the following public information pieces: Information booklet targeted to the general public. Position paper or brief targeted at state or federal legislators. Mock web site or blog. Public service announcement (a script for a radio or television program). PowerPoint presentation targeted to a specific audience, with a description of the audience and detailed speaker’s notes. A recorded speech to be given at a national meeting of practitioners who work in the institution you are researching. If you choose this option, include your speaker’s notes or script and references in a Word document along with your audio file. The final, professional-quality product should accomplish the following: Convey the causes and consequences of the problem of institutional discrimination in one of society’s major institutions. Use formatting and design principles that are appropriate for your chosen product. Include graphics—such as photos, charts, graphs, and figures—to enhance the
presentation when appropriate. Support your conclusions with data and scholarly research. Describe and analyze data on racial and ethnic disparities in the chosen institution. Keep in mind that to be accurate in your assessment, you will need to look at raw data and percentages as well as to consider the data in relation to each racial or ethnic group’s percentage within the overall U.S. population. Discuss the extent to which policies at the local, state, and/or federal level have contributed to racial and ethnic disparities. Consider any historical or contemporary
influences that may have contributed the disparities you have identified. As an example, if you are studying institutional discrimination in the justice system, you would need to consider national policies such as the War on Drugs as well as law enforcement policies. Assess the impact these disparities, along with institutional discrimination within your chosen institution more broadly, have had on racial and ethnic minorities and minority communities. Present at least two potential solutions or strategies to combat the problems identified in your analysis. These can be community-based, legislative (at the local, state, or federal level), or law-enforcement strategies. These strategies should be focused on reducing institutional discrimination within the institution itself