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A premier research initiative for the Institute, the Inclusiveness Index represents the Institute’s efforts to measure and more deeply understand the dynamics of inclusion and group-based marginality within the United States and across the globe. The index holistically examines the experiences of groups across a range of social dimensions, including gender, race/ethnicity, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.

Developed under the leadership of Institute Director john a. powell, and authored by Stephen Menendian, Assistant Director, Elsadig Elsheikh, Global Justice Program Director, and Samir Gambhir, Geographic Information Systems Researcher and Manager of the Equity Metrics program, the Inclusiveness Index is a unique measure of inclusivity with a focus on policy, laws, and institutions rather than economic forces that shape inequality. Menendian notes, “In our Index, the poorest nations on the planet are capable of faring best in terms of inclusivity, while the wealthiest are capable of faring the worst.”