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, Fellows join a national network of alumni who are advancing race equity all throughout the country.

Following completion of the program, Racial Justice Institute fellows join a network of over 240 advocates working on race equity issues across the country.

Cancellation of the RJI Senior Management Track
Due to the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, we have canceled the previously announced RJI Senior Management Track scheduled for June 10-11, 2020, in Seattle, Washington. We will be offering the Senior Management Track in 2021.

Applications for the 2020 Racial Justice Institute have now closed. Selected fellows will be notified in April. For more information, contact Janerick Holmes.

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

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

Across the country, advocates for people living in poverty are working to ensure racial justice is a core part of their work.

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