Racial Justice Institute

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, Racial Justice Institute fellows join a network of nearly 300 advocates working on race equity issues across the country.


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.

 

Attorneys and Specialists

Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Racial Justice Institute Director

312.883.3369

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

312.971.7793

Our Insights

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

How Washington State Advocates Navigated Early Days of COVID-19 to Uplift and Partner with Communities

Groundbreaking Program Centers Racial Equity in Anti-Poverty Advocacy

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.

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