Diversity & Research in Action Consortium (DRAC)
Throughout the United States, the globe, and Northern Virginia there are numerous public and private human service organizations and non-governmental organizations that serve ethnically and racially diverse populations. Many of these organizations work relatively independently and carry out their work without the ability to learn or collaborate with other regional, national, or international organizations doing similar work with different racial and ethnic populations.
Fred Bemak and Frank Blechman recognized this deficiency and met in 2004 to examine the need for and development of an organization to coordinate diversity services in Northern Virginia, nationally, and internationally, and to integrate research, consulting, and action. Bemak and Blechman met with leaders of human service organizations to discuss this endeavor and found full consensus to initiate the Diversity & Research in Action Consortium (DRAC) at George Mason University. The Consortium focuses on issues of cultural diversity and provides research, training, consultation, and program evaluation with a wide range of national and international experts.