About the Institute

The Racial Justice Institute seeks to enhance participants’ leadership, engagement, education, and knowledge and skills, necessary to identify and address systemic and institutional barriers that prohibit the inequitable success of historically minoritized or marginalized individuals and populations. Through the Racial Justice Institute, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of racial justice and the leadership skills and competencies needed to best serve our industries, communities, and society.

Unlike “diversity trainings” which primarily focus on interpersonal relations and understanding, the Racial Justice Institute emphasizes how individuals, companies, and organizations can identify, challenge, and change institutional racial and social inequities and injustices.

Our objectives include:

  • Identify and eliminate systemic, institutional, and societal racism that foster inequitable resources and barriers for historically minoritized and marginalized individuals and populations.
  • Assist, guide, and lead, individuals, companies, organizations, and communities in their personal and professional pursuit of racial justice.
  • Provide innovative resources, research, and promising practices for antiracism, racial equity, racial and social justice.
  • Address justice and equity to promote an inclusive society where health, safety, economic security, civic engagement, and overall wellness are not predicated by race or racial ideologies.
  • Promote and sustain the equitable provision of opportunities and resources for all.

We will do this by:

  • Building a clear understanding of key concepts and competencies on racial justice, equity, and systemic, societal, and institutional racism.
  • Offering a comprehensive approach that connects antiracism, diversity, equity, inclusion, belongingness, and social justice to advance and sustain racial justice.
  • Advancing a racial justice models that focus on internal and external communication, equity audits and assessments, strategic planning, and sustainable policies and practices.
  • Catalyzing ideas into action.
  • Fostering commitments, allyship, activism, and advocacy; and
  • Providing data, resources, research, effective strategies, and leadership competencies to impact our institutions, communities, and society.