As part of MRS Grant Program, the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, & Economics
has established the Center for Minority Financial Literacy and Retirement Studies
as a vehicle to train minority students to conduct research within minority and low-come
communities as it relates to retirement security and financial literacy. The work
of the Center will primarily help to shape and inform public policy that affect underserved
minority communities through independent research, and policy watch, analysis, development,
Four distinct strategies will be followed:
- providing assistance with policy analysis and development;
- developing ethical and competent minority researchers;
- developing awareness and capacity among low income and minority groups; and
- developing public advocacy strategies.
For policymakers, the Center will be a source of confidential, objective, comprehensive
and reliable information on current policy analysis and emerging issues on policy
and leadership as well as technical assistance on legislative and policy analysis.
The university will make an effort to reach out to partner with other centers and
service organizations to actualize a high-quality plan for its research activities.
During the planning phase, the requested funds will be used to establish the work
of the center. Thereafter, the center will be funded with grants the center staff
will help to obtain. As an interdisciplinary research platform for faculty, students
and community leaders of expertise, the Center will enhance research, scholarship,
and artistry for graduate students by supporting their research into critical issues
and needs of urban communities, such as the Absolute Priority set by the Secretary.