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Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice


Video: Murals for Justice, DreamPlay Media


“It all comes back to how we think about ourselves and others. The need to redefine the concept of being human and move toward global racial justice begins by understanding and addressing the ways we resist recognizing people who live under different circumstances than our own.”   

—Michelle Stephens, Founding Executive Director

Envisioning Justice

The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice is a conduit for new knowledge and ideas, providing opportunities for Rutgers faculty whose inquiries address racism and social inequality to work collaboratively and effect meaningful action and positive change. In bringing together scholars from multiple humanities disciplines across Rutgers—from law to language, from philosophy to art, from history to gender studies—the institute serves as a universitywide intellectual corridor that escalates the likelihood that their explorations and findings will inform real-world decisions, providing solutions to problems that have been increasingly thrust into sharp focus in the United States and around the globe.

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Poets and Scholars Summer Writing Retreat 2022

The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University–Camden, with generous support from the Mellon Foundation, is pleased to announce its second annual Poets and Scholars Summer Writing Retreat - Bodies of Text: Crafting Equity in the Language of Care, from July 11-21, 2022.

Writers are invited to apply as contributing participants or as auditors.

Image credit: Chidiebere Ibe

PSSWR 2022 flyer

Black Bodies, Black Health: Imagining a Just Racial Future

Black Bodies, Black Health is a one-year research project, supported by a $725,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Through seed grants, workshops, conferences and both scholarly and public writing, Black Bodies, Black Health incentivizes humanists, social scientists, and biomedical researchers to engage in interdisciplinary work to explore and unpack structural racism in service of creating equitable health outcomes.

Image credit: Chidiebere Ibe

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Re-Envisioning the Future of Educational Equity in New Jersey

Save the date for this virtual statewide conference on June 11, 2022. The first in a series of meetings, this conference for educators, community stakeholders, youth and researchers is intended to produce an educational equity agenda for the state. The issues to be addressed include disparities in resources and outcomes, funding, discipline, resource allocation, pre-school, opportunity youth, post-secondary outcomes. special education and segregation. View the conference flyer.

On March 30, a coalition of NJ youth, faith leaders, and social justice and civil rights organizations came together for the #BreakTheBarriers Rally, calling on state leaders to end segregation in public schools across the state and finally #IntegrateNJ. Watch the video of the rally here

Statewide Education Conference

The Dakar Translation Symposium: Africa and Her Diasporas

ISGRJ is proud to be partnering with the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar and the Assane Seck University of Ziguinchor in Sénégal to present The Dakar Translation Symposium: Africa and Her Diasporas.

In the hope of fostering a transatlantic dialogue, this international symposium scheduled for June 14-18, 2022, brings together speakers and participants invested in the Black Diasporas, and will culminate with a Juneteenth memorial gathering on Gorée Island.

The symposium invites and encourages proposals for themes including:

  • 1619 and the Birth of Modernity;
  • Poetry of the Black Atlantic;
  • BLM and the Afterlives of Negritude;
  • Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and Diversity in Africa and the Diasporas and others.
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Racial Justice Events

Current Themes

● Race in the Arts and Humanities ●
● Transforming Social Justice Values into Policies ●

Upcoming Events

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Donors to the institute partner with faculty working together to evaluate the past, address the embedded issues of the present, and envision a more equitable future.