TBF Symposium: Changing Faces of Greater Boston


May 8, 2019
8:30am - 11:00am; Continental breakfast available at 8:00 a.m.


The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Changing Faces of Greater Boston, to be released at this symposium, tells the fascinating story of a great region's evolving racial and ethnic diversity. After a decline during the mid-20th century, we're now several decades into a new global wave of immigration, bringing Boston back to its roots as a city of immigrants. These changes have occurred across the Commonwealth, but in Greater Boston these trends are especially pronounced. Some striking findings from the research: 

  • Between 1990 and 2017, every one of Greater Boston's 147 cities and towns saw an increase in the non-white share of its population.
  • More than 90 percent of our region's population growth since 1990 has come from new immigrants.

The report unites researchers from Boston Indicators, the research center at the Boston Foundation; the Economic & Public Policy Research team at the UMass Donahue Institute; and directors of the four free-standing research institutes at UMass Boston dedicated to the major communities of color (the Trotter Institute, the Gastón Institute, the Institute for Asian American Studies and the Institute for New England Native American Studies). 

This symposium will provide an opportunity to learn more about this rich transformation and to engage in conversations about how best to leverage this evolving diversity in building more broadly shared prosperity for everyone living in our region. 

Program details and participants forthcoming.

For additional information or to register by phone or email, please contact 
Michelle Hinkle at 617-338-4268 or 

Registration fee: 


Type of event: 

Partner Events

Learning area: 

Racial Equity


Boston Indicators; UMASS Donahue Institute, The Boston Foundation; UMASS Boston