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Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

Directors' Signature Research Projects

With an eye toward translating excellent scholarship into impact and outcomes, directors’ projects strive to include and engage a broader public arena, promote global racial justice while interrogating the structures that govern the knowledge we produce, offer mentorship and community to enhance the systemic experience of academia for faculty who study race, racism and inequality, and create spaces for scholars to be in conversation with communities for the purpose of mutual sharing of knowledge.

Poets and Scholars Summer Writing Retreat

Institute Codirector Gregory Pardlo, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers UniversityCamden

"We are not asking for seats at the table. We are building tables." —Gregory Pardlo

This radical experiment in reimagining the traditional writing workshop invites writers of all disciplines, genres, and backgrounds who are committed to anti-racist writing practices to apply. Intent on creating an open forum of mutual accountability, the retreat features 10 days of presentations and talk-backs, writing worktables, and an opportunity for auditors to learn also from the experience. The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice seeks to create spaces for scholars and creative writers to be in conversation as both an aspect of their work and for the mutual exchange of knowledge within and throughout the university and its surrounding communities.

The 2022 Retreat took place from July 11–July 21, 2022. Click here to learn more. 

Image credit: Krista Franklin

Girl reading a book

The Inclusion Project

Institute Director Elise Boddie, School of Arts and SciencesNewark, Rutgers Law School, Rutgers UniversityNewark

The Inclusion Project (TIP), founded in 2017 by the institute's RutgersNewark director Elise Boddie, works to promote racial equity and inclusion in educational law and public policy in New Jersey through outreach, community engagement, and dialogue. TIP seeks to advance a vision of racial justice that can be adopted through legislation, public policy, and/or community practice. The project's primary focus is on racial equity and inclusion in K12 education in New Jersey, with a particular emphasis on advancing opportunity for Black and Latinx students in the state’s severely segregated public schools. TIP carries out its work in partnership with affected communities, including youth, faith leaders, statewide civil rights organizations, and other social justice, civic, and educational advocacy organizations. 

Elementary School Classroom

Quilting Water Public Arts Project

A Directors' Signature Research Project: Institute Codirector Patrick Rosal, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers UniversityCamden

Quilting Water is a five-year international public art initiative. In its local form, the project explores the relationship residents of Camden, New Jersey, have to the increasingly vulnerable public resource of water. A community of Black quilters from Camden will be commissioned to make quilts in conversation with photos and oral histories from their own city. The institute will publish a book of the photos, excerpts of the interviews, and images of the quilts, as well as text about water and the intersections of race and environmental justice.


Abract quilt