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Asian American Community Study

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University is embarking on a comprehensive study focusing on the Asian American community.

Single-race, non-Hispanic Asians are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the country by the middle of the century. Closer to home, the Asian population grew by 53% in the Houston metro area between 2010 and 2020, growing nearly three times faster than the region’s overall population. This study will highlight respondents' perceptions, experiences, and attitudes over time.

To make a donation to the Asian American Community Study, please click here. For more information, contact Rose Rougeau at

Kinder Institute Luncheon

The annual Kinder Institute Luncheon is one of Rice University's most anticipated events of the year, bringing hundreds of business, nonprofit and community leaders together to learn about the leading issues facing our community and country. The event serves as the public release of the annual Kinder Houston Area Survey, which has tracked the city's demographic, social, and economic changes for over 40 years. The luncheon also honors an individual each year with the Stephen L. Klineberg Award for distinguished service to Houston.

To sponsor a table or purchase a luncheon ticket, please click here.

Houston Education Research Consortium

The Kinder Institute's Houston Education Research Consortium is a partnership with 11 Houston-area school districts to provide timely, actionable research focused on equity-minded policy that closes socioeconomic gaps in educational achievement for students. HERC pursues long-term, rather than project-based, collaboration to solve longstanding problems by informing decision-makers directly. Research initiatives include early childhood education, student mobility, English learners, and social-emotional learning.

To make a donation to the Houston Education Research Consortium, please click here.

Kinder Houston Area Survey

Since 1982, the annual Kinder Houston Area Survey has documented the city's transformations, offering a data-driven map of the opportunities and challenges facing Houston and other cities. No other metropolitan region in the country has been the focus of a research program of this scope. Findings are shared with local leaders, policymakers and community stakeholders to address critical urban issues.

To make a donation to the Kinder Houston Area Survey, please click here.

Community Bridges

The Kinder Institute’s Community Bridges program is a year-long service-learning fellowship for Rice undergraduate students that pairs academic study with active fieldwork. While studying urban sociology in the classroom, students are placed with a community organization in a neighborhood in Houston’s urban core—including Fifth Ward, Gulfton, Near Northside, East End and others—to lead research-driven projects related to education, food insecurity, housing, environmental justice, healthcare and other issues. Community Bridges alumni often say the program contributed greatly to their professional and personal growth. Similarly, partner organizations reap long-term benefits as students expand partners’ capacity to make evidence-based decisions about their missions and programs.

To make a donation in support of Community Bridges, please click here.

General Support

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