The Institute on Race and Justice (IRJ) utilizes an innovative community based, participatory research model which involves experts from Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies, and IRJ’s Community Advisory Board to examine questions on race and justice facing urban communities. In this model, both academics and community practitioners are “experts” with different areas of expertise. As a result, research conducted using this model is qualitatively different than research reports conducted using traditional researcher-subject methods. Our products are much more likely to be put to immediate use by public officials; and they are informed by community practitioners’ real contributions not only of data but of ideas related to framing questions and analysis.
IRJ submitted An Assessment of the Implementation of the Act Relative to reduction of Gun Violence to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and Chaired its Massachusetts Gun Violence Task Force. (2017)
In co-sponsorship with the Massachusetts department of Youth Services and its Family Advisory Committee, IRJ hosted a day long symposium entitled “ Healing Our Selves. Healing Our Communities”, with Guest Speaker Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy, Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University, Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City, and President and Founder of the Eikenberg Academy of Social Justice. The purpose of this symposium was to discuss the impact of violence and trauma in communities of color and examine best practices for addressing the trauma. This event was held at NU’s Fenway Center and was well attended by over 100 community practitioners, residents and social scientists. (June 2018)