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January 2022

The CRJ Rundown

Latest updates, events, and opportunities from the Center for Racial Justice

Housed at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, the center directly invests in initiatives designed to advance racial equity and cultivate a diverse community of changemakers.


The CRJ is excited to offer additional events and opportunities for members of our community. We look forward to connecting with you to advance racial justice at the Ford School and beyond.

— Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Director 

Engagement Opportunities

Join a Reading Circle!

Applications due Monday, Feb 14 at 11:59pm

Apply to participate in a reading circle! Dr. Lynette Hammond Gerido is leading a reading circle on Racism, Health, and Genetic Discrimination, and Dr. Nick Camp and Dr. Jeffrey Morenoff are leading a reading circle on Policing. Reading circles consist of three 2-hour meetings in which a small group of MA, MPP, MPA and PhD students, postdocs, and faculty collectively explore a topic relevant to the study of race, (anti)racism, and racial justice. In reviewing applications, we aim to curate reading circles with diverse disciplinary perspectives and research interests. Selected individuals will receive a $250 stipend at the end of the semester for their participation.

Apply to Join a Reading Circle →  

Student Initiative Fund

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Racial Justice Student Initiative Fund provides financial support of up to $1,000 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. 

Apply to the Student Initiative Fund → 

Upcoming Events

Global Racial Foundations of Public Policy

This semester, the Center for Racial Justice, the Weiser Diplomacy Center, and the International Policy Center are launching a virtual speaker series inspired by our Fall 2021 Racial Foundations of Public Policy. This semester our series will continue to focus on the historical roots and impact of race in shaping public policy while expanding to the global context. The series is open to all members of the University of Michigan community and the wider public. Please visit our website for additional information about the speaker series:


Thursday, Feb 3 at 4pm

Dr. Brenda Plummer


America and the Colonial Project


Wednesday, Feb 23 at 4pm
Dr. Kelebogile Zvobgo

Race in the Development of the International Relations Discipline


Wednesday, Feb 9 at 4pm
Ambassador Harry K.
Thomas, Jr. 

Race and the Foreign Policy Profession


Thursday, Mar 17 at 4pm

Gay McDougall & Jamil Dakwar

Transnational Advocacy and the BLM Network 


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