Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research

Fightin' for antiracism and educational justice with youth, communities, educators, and schools through enduring reciprocal relationships.

“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.”

- Toni Morrison


“I had to go and chop down that wood and build my own table”

- Beyoncé Knowles Carter


The Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research (CRJ) centers Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the work of racial and educational justice through community-school-university partnerships.

True to our unwaverin' commitment to racial justice and youth voice in education, our family (a.k.a. we all play cousins around here!) of youth, educators, faculty, and community members engage in research and social action that contribute to intersectional liberation and tangible change across all educational contexts.

CRJ is a sacred space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and offers professional development, programs, scholarship, media, events, and models for systemic change in education. We are a family of community members, youth, faculty, and students engaged in research and action across five interlocking areas of impact: Racial Equity, Critical Teacher Education, Youth Leadership, Fugitivity, and Community Engagement.


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