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 over 375 advocates working on race equity issues across the country.


Attorneys and Specialists

Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Kimberly Merchant
Racial Justice Institute Director


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


Our Insights

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

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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

Now in its ninth year, this groundbreaking program equips anti-poverty advocates with tools to advance racial equity.

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

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