The 2023 Racial Justice Summit, held on Friday, September 22, was the first tri-campus student-led event to explore the future of racial justice on all three Rutgers campuses, encourage personal and intellectual growth, and help bolster nuanced conversation about community, activism, and responsibility. This historic event showcased the first year of activity of our undergraduate Fellows in Racial Justice (RAJU) at the ISGRJ.
The event was created to be a space for students, faculty, administrators, and the general public to listen, learn, and be inspired. Our theme, Fighting for the Now, Hopeful for the Future!, embodied the desire of young activists to tackle the most pressing racial justice issues, while daring to imagine a better world for us, and for future generations.
Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Intellectual Life at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, this historic summit featured three panels that embrace the theme Fighting for the Now, Hopeful for the Future!: "Education Not Incarceration," a Q&A with keynote speaker Dr. Roxane Gay, and "Community Changemakers: Celebrating the Inaugural Racial Justice Fellows."