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About the Institute

Supported by a Grant from the Mellon Foundation

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway on Social Justice Scholarship and the ISGRJ Mission

RU President Jonathan Holloway

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“With grant funding from the Mellon Foundation, the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice will help leverage Rutgers’ own history and demographic complexity so that it can redefine what excellence looks like amidst long-standing national narratives that have suggested that the very people who make Rutgers distinct lack talent, drive, initiative, impulse control, and intelligence."
—Jonathan Holloway, Rutgers University President and University Professor

Humanities Research with Public Impact

Spanning the full breadth of Rutgers University, the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice is a vibrant intellectual corridor, bringing together scholars and creatives doing humanistic research in a way that advances their research, increases its public relevance and impact, and allows them to reach and learn from communities and publics beyond the academy.


Image credit: Mahinour Abdou, The Golden Recovery No. 4; Self Portrait—Islamic Stitches

Abdou Golden Recovery No4–Self Portrait — Islamic Stitches

The Office of Undergraduate Intellectual Life

The Office of Undergraduate Intellectual Life (OUIL) was founded to support students across Rutgers University. Under the leadership of ISGRJ Cross-Campus Director, Carlos Decena, the Office will be spearheading mentorship programs and initiatives to support student leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion across the university. 

The Fellows in Racial Justice Learning Community is a new cross-campus program which aims to identify, accompany and mentor generations of life-long intellectual activists in racial justice across Rutgers University.

This fellowship, launched under the ISGRJ Office of Undergraduate Intellectual Life is an unprecedented program spanning Rutgers University—Newark, Rutgers University—New Brunswick and Rutgers University—Camden which brings together undergraduate students who are passionate about social justice activism and who will pursue projects to renew, enrich, and maximize on-going racial justice efforts on campus to impact social change locally and globally.

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The ISGRJ Rutgers Researchers on Race Database

We're excited to announce the official launch of a new initiative at the ISGRJ - The Rutgers Researchers on Race (R3) Database

R3 Database

The R3 Database is an interdisciplinary directory of Rutgers University's scholars deeply engaged in race and ethnicity studies. This directory, reflecting our commitment to inclusive scholarship, comprises experts from such diverse fields as Cultural Studies, Sociology, History, Political Science, English Literature and Ethnic Studies. Each profile details the researcher's academic background, research interests, publications, and ongoing projects. This resource aims to facilitate collaboration, mentorship, and a broader understanding of race and ethnicity among Rutgers researchers, students, and the wider academic community.

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Cross-Campus Collaboration

In spaces both distinct from and embedded within academic units, faculty from across the campuses, and in collaboration with various constituencies and groups, work together to imagine how their research and scholarship can have a transformative impact in community contexts and in the public sphere.

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Peoples Painting Mural

Rutgers University Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the land on which we stand is the ancestral territory of the Lenape People. We pay respect to Indigenous people throughout the Lenape diaspora—past, present, and future—and honor those that have been historically and systemically disenfranchised. We also acknowledge that Rutgers University, like New Jersey and the United States as a nation, was founded upon the exclusions and erasures of Indigenous peoples.