The Institute on Race and Justice Community Advisory Board is at the heart of its mission to combine traditional empirical questions and community based problem solving to produce quality social justice research. The IRJ Community Advisory Board consists of local community practitioners and has provided a close community partnership with IRJ for the past 13 years. This partnership has helped IRJ remain directly aware of the community’s needs, which helps guide IRJ’s research and social justice activities. Over the past year the IRJ Community Advisory Board has recruited and oriented 3 new members to the fold! Read more
IRJ has implemented a new community research based initiative involving IRJ’s Community Advisory Board Agencies and the Graduate School of Criminology and Criminal Justice! Members of IRJ’s Community Advisory Board members are offering research based internship opportunities for interested SCCJ Graduate Students! Students would have the opportunity to spend 8-10 hours per week at one of IRJ Community Advisory Board participating sites in exchange for course credit or for community service experience. Students also benefit from the opportunity of meeting with IRJ’s Community Advisory Board members on a monthly basis and expanding their networks. Read more
IRJ issues Traffic Stop & Race Data Collection Study to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation
The Institute on Race and Justice issued its Traffic Stop & Race Data Collection Initial Findings Study to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation. Read more
The Massachusetts Committee to Reduce Firearm Violence, led by Dr. Jack McDevitt, Director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University, issues its report to the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Read more
The Institute on Race and Justice and its Community Advisory Board are working in collaboration with the Boston Police Training Academy. Read more
IRJ Releases Hate Crime Report which examines trends in Hate Crimes against Immigrants and Hispanic Americans. Read more
IRJ Releases Hate Crime Report which examines trends in Hate Crimes against Immmigrants and Hispanic Americans. This project was funded by the National Institute of Justice and conducted in partnership with Abt Associates. The report seeks to identify if hate crimes against Hispanics and Immigrants have increased during this time of increasing anti-immigrant rhetoric. The report focuses on five states (Arizona, California, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas) Hate Crimes Final Report 2013
In collaboration with the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, IRJ hosted and cnvened one of seven National Town Hall Meeting community meeting. The purpose of this Town hall was to create an opportunity to build and strengthen bridges local commnity and national leaders committed to insuring equal access to educational opportunities for all. Distinguished guest panelists included Actor / Author Hill Harper; Brandeis Associate Professor Peniel Joseph; Filmaker Gary Ross; and Harvard University Program Chair John Stauffer.
In collaboration with Boston Connects Inc., IRJ hosted and convened a two day city wide summit on how to improve employment oppprtunities for ex-offenders. The summit consisted of over 150 participants including business owners, ex-offenders, researchers, and city officials discussiing strategies to create partenrships to address these issues.
In collaboration with the Roxbury Defender’s Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services, American Civil Liberties Union, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard University and the Juvenile Justice Center at Suffolk Law School, IRJ hosted and convened a day-long workshop devoted to understanding and addressing the problem of disproportionate minority contact with the Juvenile Justice system in Massachusetts