Our Mission

DataCenter unlocks the power of knowledge for social change. We support grassroots organizing for justice and sustainability through strategic research, training, and collaborations. We use research to help move the knowledge and solutions of communities of color and the poor from the margins to the center of decision-making.

For me, DataCenter’s core contribution over the decades has been helping groups reach a new level of effectiveness and analysis.Millie Buchanan, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

Our Vision

Cultural & spiritual Knowledge: Cultural practices and wisdom passed down from our community (i.e. elders, neighbors, family, friends, etc.). This knowledge is often shared through cultural and spiritual traditions (i.e. food, celebrations, ceremonies, etc.).

Experiential Knowledge: Lived day-to-day experience; what we learn and know from living and dealing with issues that impact our lives.

Mainstream or Institutional Knowledge: Consists of published facts and data produced by research “professionals” usually from outside of the community (i.e. university publications, government documents, school textbooks, etc.).