Racial Justice Initiative

Continuing acts of racialized violence and the mobilization efforts by the Black Lives Matter movement and its allies to fight for racial justice provide an important backdrop for scholars and students to analyze this unique moment in time. In an effort to support productive discussion, analysis and activism, President Melvin Oliver’s Racial Justice Initiative provides funds for three primary prongs: curricular transformation, co-curricular transformation, and structural transformation. Together, these are designed to deepen student, staff, and faculty knowledge and action around racialized violence.

Initiatives in Motion

Upcoming Events


Combating the Prison Industrial Complex: Lessons from the Frontlines

Tuesday, March 2 at 4 p.m. PST

Join Tyee Griffith, founding manager of the Justice Education Initiative at The Claremont Colleges, in discussion with Cal Poly Pomona Professor of Political Science Renford Reese.
https://pitzer.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZKgHqyzWRZ60p-77pk0x2g

Past Events, Spring 2021


February 5
Getting to the Core: Radically Imagining Our Futures with Nick Daily

Supported by the RJI Center funding and organized by CEC, the Writing Center and CAPAS.


Past Events, Fall 2020

December 10
Nationwide Launch of Pitzer Inside-Out Pathway-to-BA for Incarcerated Students

Video of the ceremonial “college acceptance letter” and memorandum of understanding signing event with key speakers, including Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Superintendent Shannon Swain from the Office of Correctional Education and admitted students from CRC.

November 23
The 2020 Election: What Happened, What Comes Next?

Watch the video and read the transcript of the event.

November 17
Pitzer@Home
Father Gregory Boyle in Conversation: The Power of Boundless Compassion and Radical Kinship

Watch the video and read the transcript of the event.

October 15
The Rainbow Wave and the 2020 Election

Watch the video and read the transcript of the event.

Racial Justice in Our Time

September 10
Racial Justice in Our Time: A Conversation with Activist Scholars

Watch the video and read the transcript of the inaugural event.