Racial Justice Coalition

The Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) is composed of students, staff and faculty interested in building and sustaining learning opportunities in order to achieve racially just and oppression free environments.

More specifically our goals are to:

  • Provide educational programming that is reflective of intersecting identities and the interlocking nature of oppression;
  • Raise awareness about racism and other systems of oppression;
  • Raise consciousness and effective anti-racist practices;
  • Further coalition building at UMass

RJC meetings for fall 2018 to be determined. Contact Willie Pope at  wjp@umass.edu.


#RaceAnd... @UMass Video Showcase

April 22, 2019, Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall
5-8:30 p.m. 

We invite the campus community to join the conversation and support your peers through listening to their stories about race and other intersecting identities.

This video showcase seeks to identify ways to promote intentional conversations about race to improve our campus climate. The keynote speaker is Rinku Sen who was the former President and Executive Director of Race Forward, which oversees The Center for Rcial Justice Innovation and publishes the award-winning news site, Colorlines. A visionary and pragmatist, Sen is one of the leading voices in the racial justice movement -- building upon the legacy of civil rights by transforming the way we talk about race, from something that is individual, intentional, and overt to something that is systemic, unconscious, and hidden.


i am not your negroI Am Not Your Negro
March 20, 2019
Malcolm X Cultural Center

II Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a rdical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words, as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson.  The film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assasinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.  to explore and present a fresh and radical perspective to the current racial narrative in America.

 In conjunction with the film, we will have an engaging dialogue with our distinguished UMASS faculty members who will share their perspectives on Baldwin’s relevance today as well as, their connection and relationship with him during his tenure at UMASS. Bring your friends to enjoy popcorn, meaningful dialogue with your peers and our distinguished UMASS faculty panel from  Prof: John Bracey, Prof: Judyie Al-Bilali to  Mr. Sidonio Ferreira. 
This event is free and open to the public.