At GRID we engage diverse audiences to inform and develop transformative policies and practices.

The work of GRID contributes to societies globally at a time when issues of race are highly visible and contested. The focus on race and genetics is of particular significance given that beliefs in natural, biological differences among so-called racial groups are historic and deeply rooted and have led to inequities among these groups.

It is with this in mind that GRID not only seeks to explore the intersection between race and the science of genetic difference, but also to guide scientific experts, practitioners, policy makers, individuals, and local communities in appropriately utilizing genetic knowledge and concepts of race.

GRID research and education activities foster development of tools and approaches that lead to transformative policies and practices through broad engagement. As our work progresses, we assess its impact to ensure we are achieving our goals. We accomplish this through internal evaluation of our activities and external oversight of the center by our scientific advisors.

Our Target Audiences

GRID engages a wide network of local, national, and global audiences.

• diverse communities
• community leaders
• museums
• journalists and media
• activists and advocacy groups
• public and private credentialing agencies
• professional organizations
• biotechnology companies
• government regulators
• legislators and policy makers

Impact and Evaluation

We expect that GRID’s research and products will influence the work of important stakeholders and help transform lives and societies. Performance indicators related to our key impact areas (scientific and scholarly research, healthcare delivery, and human wellbeing) include:

• More robust study designs
• Greater precision in disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
Improved life outcomes


Thanks to everyone that was a part of the Cultural Conversations!

GRID was pleased to co-sponsor the Cultural Conversations during the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The conversations were facilitated by local experts in the fields of race relations and social justice.

The format allowed small groups to exchange thoughts, opinions, and ideas as they reflected on their everyday lived experiences with race. The Cultural Conversations which took place between April 22 and September 3 were free and open to the public. Read more about the conversations.