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.

Racial Justice Institute Announces 44 New Fellows

Learn more about this year’s diverse cohort of Fellows.

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

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.

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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