Equality & Discrimination

Equality & Discrimination


The denial of basic rights and opportunities due to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.



Discrimination is the selection for unfavorable treatment of an individual or individuals on the basis of: gender, race, color or ethnic or national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, social class, age, or as a result of any conditions or requirements that do not accord with the principles of fairness and natural justice.

Around the world, millions of people suffer from discrimination. They are denied basic rights, freedom, opportunity, and dignity, based on their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other differences. Discrimination not only violates basic human rights, but has widespread social and economic consequences. Despite advances in law and public policy in many countries and contexts, far too many people are still left behind.



The Carr Center has had a robust program on gender, sexuality, and human rights focused on student programming and support, as well as convening. Today, the Center seeks to expand on its past work, by focusing on intersectionality across different forms of discrimination.

Through research, the Carr Center will explore the roles that equality and discrimination play in the realm of human rights policy and practice. Through programming and convening, the Carr Center will develop public discourse and debate on key issues related to sexuality, race, gender and human rights. Through student support, the Carr Center will work with students to help them become more effective scholars, practitioners, policy makers, and advocates. 

"The way things are does not determine the way they ought to be.”

- Michael Sandel

Programs & Initiatives



The Carr Center conducts research on racial inequalities in the U.S. and beyond, including policies that discriminate against racial minority groups. We work to dismantle prejudice and violence against different groups in society.

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Sexuality & Gender

Through research, the Carr Center explores the roles that equality and discrimination play in the realm of human rights policy and practice.

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Violence Against Women & Girls

This Research Initiative is a curated collection of research, articles, & presentations relating to Violence Against Women.

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