The Racial Justice Training Institute (RJTI) is grounded in a commitment to race-equity as an integral and essential part of antipoverty advocacy and assumes that legal aid and public interest lawyers are key to achieving real change. The overarching goal of the Institute is to develop a network of equal justice advocates committed to advancing a coordinated racial justice advocacy agenda.

By placing the most up-to-date racial justice tools in the hands of front line advocates, the Institute provides real opportunities to address the impact of structural racialization in housing, education, employment, and health care, among others, and ensure that race is front and center in our efforts to eradicate poverty in the communities we serve.

The Institute covers a wide range of equity best practices ranging from traditional litigation and policy advocacy to media and messaging to the latest debiasing strategies. Working in teams, and with support from skilled faculty and facilitators, participants use new racial justice knowledge and skills in their daily work and in the race-equity initiatives that teams pursue throughout the Institute.

Forty-one fellows have been selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to participate in the 2015 Racial Justice Training Institute. Here is what some of the fellows from the 2014 class had to say about the RJTI.