Curricular Transformation

Dear Colleagues,

The Racial Justice Initiative planning group would like to call your attention to a new funding

For the fall 2021 semester, we will support faculty courses by sponsoring guest speakers. We recognize the importance of offering students a chance to engage directly with the author of a class reading and for faculty to build networks with racial justice scholars and activists. Speaker honoraria in the amount of $500 are available per class. Co-taught classes are eligible for two awards. We will fund scholars and/or activists focused on the Black diaspora, criminalization, racial bias, racialized violence, policing, abolition, social movements, and racial justice broadly.

To apply for an RJI class speakership award, submit the name of the speaker and a bio as well as the course number and title where the presentation will be given. Send your application to We will review applications as they come in and until the end of the spring semester. At this time, we are only sponsoring speakers for fall 2021.


Adrian Pantoja, Chair of the Racial Justice Initiative

Spring 2021 Curricular Transformation

In spring 21, the RJI continued the work of curricular transformation by funding class speakers grounded in racial justice work. This provided faculty and students with an opportunity to meet and network with such speakers and to foster an inclusive classroom space by having diverse voices represented in the syllabus and classroom. These events were widely advertised and open to the community. We had 32 speakers and events in Spring 21. Below is a sample of some of the posters advertising these programs.

The Racial Justice Initiative Course Development Award Recipients for Fall 2020

One of the goals of President Melvin L. Oliver’s Racial Justice Initiative is embedding the study of racial violence and justice throughout the curriculum. The following classes have been awarded a Racial Justice Initiative course development award for Fall 2020. These are new or revised courses that focus on the themes of the RJI, including the Black diaspora, criminalization, racial bias, racialized violence, policing, abolition, social movements, and racial justice.

ART 017           Eco-Photography (Prof. Tarrah Krajnak)

ANTH 152        History of Anthropological Theory (Prof. Dan Segal)

ASAM 82         Racial Politics of Teaching (Profs. Kathy Yep and Carmen Fought)

ASAM 88         Social Theory of Thich Nhat Hanh (Prof. Kathy Yep)

CASA 101        Critical Community Studies (Prof. Tessa Peterson)

CHLT 115         Gender, Race and Class: Women of Color in the US (Prof. Maria Soldatenko)

GLAS 185         IGLAS Seminar (Prof. Nigel Boyle)

ECON 125        Econometrics (Prof. Linus Yamane)

ECON 91          Statistics (Prof. Linus Yamane)

ENGL 186         Post-Apartheid Novels (Prof. Amanda Lagji)

FREN 2             Introduction to French (Prof. Fely Catan)

FYS 4                Race, Gender and Health (Prof. Alicia Bonaparte)

FYS 18              African/a and Latinx Food Identity and Resistance (Soldatenko & Dengu-Zvobgo)

ORST 100a      Organization Theory and Praxis (Prof. Barbara Junisbai)

MATH 10D       Mathematics of Democracy (Prof. David Bachman)

MATH 52          Intro to Statistics (Prof. Jemma Lorenat)

MLLC 132:       Critical Analysis Through Literature (Prof. Leah Herman)

POST 20           US Politics: Resistance and Transformation (Prof. Adian Pantoja)

POST 096         Social and Political Justice (Prof. Hamid Rezai)

PORT 001        Intro to Portuguese (Prof. Juanita Aristizabal)

PSYC 186         Internships in Psychology (Prof. Marcus Rodriguez)

SOC 91             Political Sociology (Prof. Erich Steinman)

SOC 035           Race and Ethnic Relations (Prof. Jessica Kizer)