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Antiracist Research & Policy Center

Research in action for social change.

The Antiracist Research and Policy Center is an interdisciplinary hub for the research and practice of racial justice and intersectional liberation. We convene scholars, educators, community-based changemakers, cultural workers, and policy advocates in sustainable and equitable collaborations.

"Unlearn Racism 4" photo (detail view): Joe Brusky.


ARPC Bulletins

  • February marks the official launch of our Abolition Everywhere Research Collaboratory. This campuswide research cluster brings AU’s renowned researchers of policing and the carceral state and together with some of the university’s most innovative scholars of education, climate justice, urban gentrification, and reproductive justice.
  • Farmer on tractor with trees in background.Pointing the Farm Bill toward Racial Justice Toolkit — coming soon! In the new year, ARPC is thrilled to be releasing a toolkit designed together with our partners at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund. An outcome of our Spring 2023 summit, the toolkit provides nuanced, collaborative analysis on the challenges and opportunities for bringing racial and climate justice into the 2024 Farm Bill. An essential resource for Black farmers and landowners, farm bill advocates, or racial justice advocates who are just learning how race, food, farming, and policy intersect. Write to arpc@american.edu or sign-up for our newsletter to be sure you receive a copy when it's released!
     
  • ARPC Fellows: We are delighted to announce two awardees whose work directly speaks to educational access and equity: Dr. Nicole Lorenzo and Dr. Mariam Durrani.
  • ARPC was recently featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education:
    "Where Do Colleges' Antiracism Centers Go from Here?"

What We Do

Together, we generate critical knowledge around race, power, and difference and forge shared tools and resources for social change. Our work takes four trajectories: research, community collaboration, education, and public engagement. Read more about what we believe.

This year we are also prioritizing four thematic areas of intervention:

  1. Race and Carcerality 
  2. Reproductive Justice 
  3. Educational Access and Equity 
  4. Climate, Land, and Environmental Justice

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James Meredith seated in a classroom: We won't go back.

Affirmative Action Resources

The Supreme Court may have ended race-conscious admissions in their current form, but we won’t permit the rollback of seven decades of collective work for race and class equity in US education. Racial justice in education requires that people of color, their histories, and their perspectives are fully represented.

Over the past year, ARPC has worked to educate, inform, and empower the public as we enter the next stage in the struggle for educational access for everyone. You can find our resources here:

Mia Owens

Research ·

“Slavery and Its Legacies” Fellow Mia Owens Develops Antiracist Research Tool

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Social Sciences ·

‘An Epochal Act of Abolitionist Worldmaking’: New Book Recounts Attica Uprising

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Thank you for supporting the work of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center! Your donation will support our mission to seek the enactment of antiracist policies at the local, state, and national levels.

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