Racial Justice Institute Network

Through the Racial Justice Institute, we're developing a national network of advocates for race equity committed to advancing a coordinated racial justice advocacy agenda.

It is more important than ever for advocates for race equity to understand and address issues of race, implicit bias, and how to affirmatively advance racial equity.

The Racial Justice Institute is a groundbreaking national leadership program, grounded in a commitment to race-equity as an integral and essential part of anti-poverty advocacy. Following seven months of intensive training, Fellows join a national network of alumni who are advancing race equity all throughout the country. Read more about the history of the program and watch our new video.

Join Our Growing Network

Following completion of the program, Racial Justice Institute fellows join a network of nearly 300 advocates working on race equity issues across the country. Supported by a diverse advisory committee of advocates, scholars, and alumni, the Racial Justice Institute Network continues to work in concert on several issues, including education equity and organizational alignment. Racial Justice Institute Fellows have also initiated statewide initiatives in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida, expanding and increasing the race equity movement on a national level.

Shriver Center’s Racial Justice Institute Announces 47 New Fellows

The 2021 class of RJI Fellows include a diverse group of public interest lawyers, legal aid attorneys, community advocates, executive leaders, and even a judge. They come from 16 organizations advancing justice in 10 states, including 11 organizations new to the RJI. Read more.

Our Insights

Although the pathway to organizational change can be challenging, groundwork can lay a helpful footing.

By providing anti-poverty advocates with racial justice tools and concepts, RJI is transforming legal aid and public interest advocacy.

Our Impact

Understanding and using key constructs can help advocates better frame issues through a racial justice lens.

Groundbreaking program now in its eighth year centers racial equity in anti-poverty advocacy

New alliance partners with Racial Justice Institute.

Attorneys and Specialists

Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Racial Justice Institute Director


Janerick Holmes
Janerick Holmes
Janerick Holmes
Associate Director, Racial Justice Institute


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