Student engagement


The multidisciplinary approach of the Center for Racial Justice will allow students to complement their curriculum with research- and action-based opportunities to understand and address racial inequity. The center will give us the tools, resources, and networks needed to create intersectional and inclusive policy solutions. 

Sharanya Pai (MPP '21)


Student Advisory Board

The Center for Racial Justice's Student Advisory Board is a collective of undergraduate and graduate students who will work together to do blue sky dreaming and executing around racial justice at the Ford School. The advisory board will be provided with time, space, and financial resources to create impactful programming for the Ford School student community. Additionally, the advisory board will partner with our student engagement coordinator, Sharanya Pai, to plan the Race and Public Policy Student Conference for fall 2022. We are eager to assemble a group of students who are passionate, curious, and motivated to center racial justice in their studies, research, and advocacy at the Ford School.

Racial Justice Student Initiative Fund

The Racial Justice Student Initiative Fund provides financial support for student-led racial justice initiatives that advance a more critical understanding of the social and political conditions that impact Black, Native and Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American and Pacific Islander peoples. We are excited to support a range of advocacy, policy engagement, and research projects. Please use this link to apply to the fund. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Undergraduate Lunch and Learn

The year-long Undergraduate Lunch and Learn series provides undergraduate students with unique opportunities to meet and learn from scholars, activists, organizers, and artists, including the center’s visiting fellows and various speakers, whose work centers on racial justice. In conjunction with the student engagement coordinator, the Student Advisory Board will be instrumental in planning and inviting speakers for the series. The Undergraduate Lunch and Learn series will begin in fall 2021.

Reading Circle

A faculty and graduate reading group that will be held in winter 2022 in which participants collectively delve deeply into concepts, theories, and topics relevant to racial justice. Graduate students and faculty members will have the option to apply to co-facilitate the reading circles. A call for applications will be released toward the end of fall 2021 for our first reading circle.

Policy Research Fund

The Policy Research Fund provides research funding to advanced master’s and PhD students for projects that critically examine an aspect of public policy through the lens of race and interrelated axes of power and difference. Toward the end of winter term, graduate students will be invited to submit an application for summer research funding.

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Dominique Adams-Santos

Associate Director, Center for Racial Justice; Special Assistant to the Associate Dean, Ford School; Anti-Racism Collaborative Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Institutional Diversity