The Dubois Bunche Center for Public Policy (DBC) is an academy of scholar activist and advocates dedicated to forging solutions to the challenges confronting people of color living within urban communities in the United States and throughout the African Diaspora. DBC produces research, formulates policies, sponsors conferences and produces public affairs media programming that advances economic and social justice.
In the spirit of the scholarship and activism that were promoted by W.E.B. DuBois and Ralph Johnson Bunche the DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy was founded to empower and cultivate the work of a new generation of scholar activists and advocates dedicated to identifying progressive solutions to the challenges confronting urban communities in the U.S. and throughout the African Diaspora. The DuBois Bunche Center accomplishes this economic and social justice mission through:
- The identification of emerging trends, issues and best practices in public policy;
- The organization of roundtables, forums and conferences to connect policy makers with governmental and non-governmental actors;
- The formulation of laws, public policies, programs, and community covenants that advance progressive change;
- The dissemination of research and public opinion via academic journals, traditional media and new media outlets; and
- The cultivation and empowerment of a new generation of scholar activists and advocates in the tradition of Dr. DuBois and Dr. Bunche
The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy was founded by Dr. Edison O. Jackson, President of Medgar Evers College. Dr. Jackson envisioned that the Center would serve as a vehicle to harness the intellectual capital of scholar activists and advocates who could bring about a positive transformation within urban centers in the U.S. and throughout the African Diaspora.
In 1994 John Flateau, Ph.D became first Director of the Center and immediately provided positive leadership by addressing major policy issues ranging from community justice reform to voting rights.