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Center for Racial & Social Justice

Research, Educate, Act

William & Mary faculty and students have long engaged in acclaimed research and programs to advance the cause of social justice. But as we witness the disproportionate effect of a national pandemic on communities of color, violence against Black and Brown people, and a collective popular uprising against centuries of racial injustice, we recognize that we can — and must — harness our resources and talents to do more. As President Katherine Rowe has urged, we must accelerate our work to combat injustice and racism, to "make a meaningful difference in our communities, the state, the nation, and the world."

We thus establish this Center — a university-wide initiative housed at the Law School. Within it, faculty and students across disciplines will collaborate to conduct research, educate, and engage in antiracist and social justice work. Learn more about the Center and its founding.

Race will be central to the Center’s work, just as it is a central aspect of the history of our institution and the nation. But our work will address the many dimensions of social injustice and will encompass, for example, ability, environmental justice, gender, human and civil rights, immigration, sexuality, and socioeconomic class. In short, our focus will be the advancement of social justice writ large.

Our work is just beginning, and we invite you to join us.