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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,...
News

Outstanding faculty join the Ford School, fall 2022 updates

Aug 26, 2022
This fall the Ford School welcomes a terrific group of new faculty members and visitors who will strengthen the connections between student education, rigorous academic research, and real-world policy impact. Sam Bagenstos has been appointed the...
News

Center for Racial Justice welcomes inaugural visiting fellows

Aug 24, 2022
The Ford School’s Center for Racial Justice proudly welcomes Atinuke (Tinu) Adediran, Makeda Easter, and Julian Brave NoiseCat as inaugural Visiting Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year. The Visiting Fellows program recognizes and supports the...
News

Ford School welcomes 41st class of PPIA fellows

Jun 16, 2022
Weill Hall buzzed with excitement this week as the Ford School kicked off the 41st year of its Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute – a program designed to build diversity in public service. Hailing from coast to...
State & Hill

“More is more”

May 31, 2022
Michael S. Barr’s first term as dean By Laura K. Lee In October 2021, the Regents of the University of Michigan approved Provost Susan M. Collins’ recommendation to reappoint Michael S. Barr as Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Ford School...
News

Ford School experts comment on Buffalo shooting

May 16, 2022
Ford School experts are available to comment on the racially motivated massacre over the weekend at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Celeste Watkins-Hayes Celeste Watkins-Hayes is the associate dean for academic affairs and...
In the Media

Watkins-Hayes joins El-Sayed to talk about HIV/AIDS impact

Feb 23, 2022 America Dissected
Celeste Watkins-Hayes, associate dean for academic affairs and founding director of the Center for Racial Justice, recently appeared on, America Dissected, a podcast hosted by Abdul El-Sayed, former Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence. She...
State & Hill

Joint PhD program celebrates 20 years

Dec 13, 2021
Since 2001, nearly 100 students have earned a doctoral degree from the Ford School's pioneering joint PhD program. Students receive grounding in their discipline of choice from Michigan's top-ranked social science departments—economics, sociology,...
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...
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

Racial Foundations of Public Policy: Housing

Nov 10, 2022, 4:00-5:15 pm EST
Watch Party: Weill Hall Betty Ford Auditorium (Room 1110)
The Center for Racial Justice presents John N. Robinson III, in conversation with Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes on housing.   
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

Racial Foundations of Public Policy: LGBTQ rights

Oct 27, 2022, 4:00-5:15 pm EDT
Watch Party: Weill Hall Betty Ford Auditorium (Room 1110)
The Center for Racial Justice, Ford School, and Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity present Bianca Wilson, in conversation with Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes on LGBTQ rights.   
Racial Foundations of Public Policy

Racial Foundations of Public Policy: Health policy

Oct 13, 2022, 4:00-5:15 pm EDT
Watch Party: Weill Hall Betty Ford Auditorium (Room 1110)
The Center for Racial Justice presents Steven Thrasher, in conversation with Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes on health policy.