Race Research and Justice


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Type: Vanderbilt Initiative Award (ViA)

This ViA initiative will work to 1) become an interdisciplinary research hub for Vanderbilt researchers conducting world-class research on race; 2) breakdown disciplinary barriers through collective impact models aimed at improving the human condition; 3) seek and secure external funding to support innovative research on race with implications for justice in Nashville and beyond; and 4) conduct research and produce a report on factors that contribute to racial injustice in and outside of education and mechanisms necessary to address those factors. The work will be done in phases. A major goal in early phases will be the production of a multidisciplinary report on race, incarceration and injustice in Nashville and beyond.

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  • Rich Milner, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Education, Department of Teaching and Learning; Professor of Leadership, Policy and Organizations.

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Divinity school