Learn about the Racial Justice Institute’s mission, history and direction.

Our Mission

RJI creates and inspires racial justice. Building from Georgetown’s values and historical experience with slavery, RJI activates the resources of the university and collaborates with an expansive range of partners. Working across boundaries, RJI catalyzes innovative social change through scholarship, interventions, and transformative strategies.

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Our Origins and Foundational Values

Founding the RJI is one of the ways that Georgetown has sought to transform the systems and institutions that uphold inequities in health, wealth and opportunity through research and scholarship. The University’s Catholic, Jesuit values undergird all that we do.

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Founding Directors

The founding directors of the RJI lead the institute’s interdisciplinary work that pushes the frontiers of knowledge about race, equity, and action.

Meet the RJI’s Founding Directors
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Our Partners

The Racial Justice Institute works with local and international partners to help bolster its efforts towards racial justice and raise the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color across communities and nations.

Meet Our Partners