The Caribbean Research Center is an integral academic component of Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York. It was established in September, 1985 to address the needs and achievements of the rapidly growing Caribbean segment of the New York State population.
Through its research efforts, the Center provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the New York social environment, the diverse social, cultural and economic characteristics of the Caribbean-American community and a comparative analysis of the immigration experience of this community in the context of the wider Caribbean Diasporas in the Americas and Europe. Its work focuses primarily on English-speaking, Haitian, Dominican and South/Central American Caribbean coast communities. It therefore offers a scholarly perspective on the challenges and successes of Caribbean immigrants and their impact on the Diaspora environments in which they live, as well as the Caribbean region as a whole.
The Center conducts its research under the following heads: Social Adjustment, Economic Development, Health, Education, Political Behavior, Youth and Gender Relations. Its work is coordinated through four units: Research and Documentation; Education, Language and Curriculum Development; Publications and Conferences; Global Development and Community Outreach.