The Cook Center has several programs based on researching inequality in our communities and engaging scholars of all levels.

Locally, the Bull City 150 is a public history, geography and community engagement project which builds conversations around the deep history of inequality in Durham, North Carolina, in order for Durhamites to reckon with the racial and economic injustices of the past 150 years and commit to building a more equitable future. The Hank & Billye Suber Aaron Young Scholars Summer Research Institute a three-week educational enrichment program that provides middle and high-school students enrolled in Durham Public Schools (DPS) with training to enhance their writing, research, and presentation skills around issues that affect inequality. we are (working to extend anti-racist education) is a multifaceted program designed to help students, parents, and educators develop an anti-racist identity in order to contribute to a more racially equitable educational system.

Across universities, the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics, which is run out of the Cook Center, mentors new faculty from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds (particularly black, Latino, and Native American) in the economics field throughout the job and tenure application process. Generally, our research engages scholars from various fields and academic backgrounds.