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Center for Racial Justice

Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people, regardless of racial background, that results in equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone.We seek a world in which people are able to achieve their full potential in life,...

Visiting fellows program

The visiting fellows program will become the center’s signature initiative, offering social justice changemakers (activists, artists, advocates, and scholars) a prestigious, highly competitive award designed to recognize their transformative...

Programs & events

The Center for Racial Justice hosts programs and events open to the Ford School community and the public. The Masterclass in Activism is a widely advertised event series in which the center's director will be in conversation with noted activists...

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,...
State & Hill

Letter from Dean Barr

Jun 10, 2021
Dear community,  After a chaotic 2020 election cycle, policymakers are getting down to the difficult business of leading, making decisions, and implementing policy. With a commitment to the public good, members of our community are taking part in...

Discussion on migration and refugee policy

Nov 12, 2021, 10:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Trotter Multicultural Center
This student-led discussion on migration and refugee policy will be facilitated by Ford school students Abigail Johnson, Fanta Condé, Marissa Uchimura, and Young Chan Lim. Open to all Ford School students.
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

Racial foundations of immigration policy

Nov 9, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Dr. Jennifer Lee, an award winning author and frequent public commentator on the implications of contemporary U.S. immigration, will join Dr. Celeste-Watkins-Hayes in conversation as part of a virtual series on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy.
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

Racial foundations of education policy

Oct 26, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Dr. Rucker Johnson—a labor economist who specializes in the economics of education—will join Dr. Celeste-Watkins-Hayes in conversation as part of a virtual series on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy.

Dinner for democracy: Race and the criminal justice system

Oct 22, 2021, 5:00-6:20 pm EDT
This virtual event will be a question-and-answer style panel with Eli Savit, Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney; Victoria Burton-Harris, Washtenaw County Chief Assistant; Dr. Jeremiah Wade Olsen, professor at UM-Flint; and Alyshia Dyer (MPP/MSW’22), former Washtenaw County Deputy Sheriff.
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

William Darity: Racial foundations of income and wealth inequality

Oct 12, 2021, 4:00 pm EDT
Dr. William Darity—director of the Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University—will join Dr. Celeste-Watkins-Hayes in conversation as part of a virtual series on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy.
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

Racial foundations of criminal justice policy

Sep 28, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve—author of "Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court"—will join Dr. Celeste-Watkins-Hayes in conversation as part of a virtual series on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy.
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Jacqueline Patterson on environmental and climate justice

Sep 27, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm EDT
Jacqueline Patterson, Founder and Executive Director of The Chisholm Legacy Project, and Kyle Whyte, Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan and affiliate of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, discuss environmental and climate justice.
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

Racial foundations of labor market policy

Sep 14, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Dr. Trevon Logan—who specializes in economic history, economic demography and applied microeconomics—will join Dr. Watkins-Hayes in conversation as part of a virtual series on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy.

Jacqueline Patterson: Environmental and climate justice

Sep 27, 2021 0:55:54

Jacqueline Patterson, Founder and Executive Director of The Chisholm Legacy Project, and Kyle Whyte, Professor of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan and affiliate of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program, dis