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The book, Black Bodies, Black Health (a visual archive chronicling the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice's 18-month research project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) has won the Award of Distinction in the Educational Institution Print Content category at the 30th Annual Communicator Awards. The publication was compiled, curated and produced by the Institute's Director of Marketing and Communications, Tania Bentley who is also named as a recipient of the award.

The Black Bodies, Black Health research project brought together researchers from diverse fields of knowledge from across Rutgers University to engage in interdisciplinary work in exploring and unpacking structural racism in service of creating equitable health outcomes while maintaining a humanistic approach and frame.

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The “Meet the Moment” campaign includes two universitywide series – one featuring documentary films, other speaker-led discussions – both designed to facilitate civil discourse at Rutgers between students, staff and faculty.

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To close out the year, we're delighted to share our second ISGRJ Newsletter, which lays out some of our activities and accomplishments of the year.

With our thanks again to Rutgers’ leaders, President Holloway, Chancellor Cantor, Chancellor Conway, Chancellor Tillis and Chancellor Strom, and the generous Deans and Provosts who have worked with the members of the ISGRJ team over the course of the past three years on any number of academic initiatives and administrative challenges.

ISGRJ Sponsored and Research Projects

We're thrilled to announce the new digital publication, and immersive story of our ISGRJ and sponsored research projects!

These projects and initiatives housed administratively at or affiliated with ISGRJ contribute to the Institute’s overall direction and vision regarding the need for a humanistic, interdisciplinary, systems approach to examining racialization and racism.

The Institute works together with primary investigators to support, encourage, advise on, and help generate collaborative, interdisciplinary, research projects designed by ISGRJ’s Campus Directors and other Rutgers faculty. These projects include ISGRJ signature research projects, Rutgers research initiatives and research partnerships. 

Fall 2022 Newsletter

It is with great pleasure that we share the publication of the first edition of our newsletter.

Here we are chronicling and reflecting on all of our signature projects, initiatives, programs and people who have begun the journey with us, in the first 2 years of our existence, one quiet and planning, the other launching and live.

Thank you so much for your generous support in this first phase of our launch as an important presence on the Rutgers campuses!

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We congratulate the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, its President and CEO Ryan Haygood and its Economic Justice Program Senior Counsel and reparations advocacy lead, Jean-Pierre Brutus, on the launch of the New Jersey Reparations Council. Co-chaired by Taja-Nia Henderson (Rutgers Graduate School-Newark Dean and Rutgers Law School Professor) and Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Harvard Kennedy School and ISGRJ consultant), the council is the first-of-its-kind to confront New Jersey’s deep and often overlooked involvement in slavery. In this unique collaboration between leading experts from various disciplines, many of whom are Rutgers and ISGRJ-affiliated,  the Council will be composed of nine committees, each of which will address an aspect of the enduring impact of slavery in New Jersey. Watch the launch of the council here.

View the flyer that explains the what and why of the Council

On April 17 at 6:30 p.m., the council will hold its fifth public session, this time hosted by the Public Safety & Justice Committee. Register here.

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The Black Bibliography Project. a Mellon-funded collaboration between Rutgers and Yale, led by co-PIs Dr. Jacqueline Goldsby and Dr. Meredith McGill and a Rutgers Research Initiative of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice is pleased to announce the launch of its series of blog posts from graduate fellows on their archival work within local repositories like the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. These posts will be released bi-weekly and can be found on the Black Bibliography Project website under the tab, Fieldnotes From The Archive.

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Congratulations to the ISGRJ faculty who received awards this year from The Rutgers Research Council Awards. The program offers grant opportunities to support faculty research and especially to encourage scholarship in tackling challenging disciplinary problems in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts.

The following ISGRJ faculty members were honored with a Research on Social and Racial Justice Award: Senior Faculty Fellow Keith Green, Black Bodies, Black Health Project Steering Committee member Luis Rivera, Scarlet & Black Research Center Scholar Kendra Boyd. Congratulations also to the faculty leaders of the Insurgent Intersections project, Kim Butler, Akissi Britton and Shantee Rosado from Africana Studies, for receiving a Collaborative Multidisciplinary Award!