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Stanford Center for Racial Justice

Who We Are

The Stanford Center for Racial Justice (SCRJ) was created in June 2020 in the wake of our country’s deep reflection about racial divisions and the urgent need for solutions. We are based in the Law School and serve the entire University. The aspiration of SCRJ is a multicultural democracy where our ability to create opportunities, promote wellbeing for all, and advance freedom is not undermined by racism.

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Police Use of Force, Training, and a Way Forward After the Death of George Floyd

New Chapter Release: Chokeholds

Visit the main project page of our Model Use of Force Policy Beta Release for individual chapters, essays, and FAQs. Newly released: Chapter 4 on Chokeholds.

Action and Impact

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The SCRJ cares deeply about the pursuit of innovative solutions to the challenges of racism and the pursuit of racial justice. Our core operation goal is to democratize knowledge by producing well-researched information, translating complex ideas, and creating accessible content for dissemination to a variety of audiences. We organize our work to do the following:

  • Create research opportunities for Stanford faculty
  • Produce research, knowledge, and reports from the SCRJ
  • Create digital research collections to attract scholars and supporters
  • Catalyze partnerships to pursue practical evidence-based solutions
  • Translate and distribute knowledge using creative methods and channels
  • Engage with students to enhance their professional development and train future leaders
  • Engage in programming activities to support all of the above

Current Projects

Introducing Our Model Use of Force Policy

The SCRJ's Model Use of Force Policy is intended to contribute to the long line of efforts to improve and reform policing and promote practices that will be fair, safe, and equitable for everyone.

The SCRJ's Model Policy is a collaboration with an experienced team of lawyers and former prosecutors with a major global law firm, along with other law enforcement and policy experts. During this beta release phase, we will be seeking feedback from experts, community groups, law enforcement, and other stakeholders—particularly those who are most impacted by public safety and policing issues.

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In an essay that details SCRJ’s motivations for developing its Model Policy, Executive Director George Brown explains how personal and professional experiences led him to reflect on ways the Center could address the challenge of police reform. Amid so many unnecessary deaths, particularly of Black people who interact with police, Brown said it’s clear that we need to do better to “make our society safer for everyone.”

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We have begun releasing individual Model Policy chapters, along with accompanying explanatory materials including fact sheets and blog posts that offer additional legal and policy context for each chapter, information on each chapter’s intended use, and external factors that may complement or influence the implementation of the Model Policy. Learn more about next steps in our FAQ section and fill out an inquiry form to collaborate or offer feedback.

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Corporate Governance and Racial Equity

We are collecting data from a large number of U.S. public corporations concerning their commitments to racial equity and their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and related statistics. Our intention is to report on that data and host workshops and conferences to discuss those findings. We are currently conducting research into an existing racial equity index involving a cohort of technology companies.

On the Ground Storytelling Series

We are chronicling the inside stories of individuals and groups who have been pursuing racial justice reform efforts since the protests of 2020. This SCRJ multimedia project will use video, audio, web storytelling, and social media to help educate others pursuing racial justice related reforms and facing similar challenges. We expect to launch our first installment, a case study about civilian oversight and police reform in Santa Monica, California, this fall.

Alumni Voices

Learn how prominent Stanford alumni are challenging each of us to move America toward greater justice for all by expanding our knowledge, humanizing one another, and becoming advocates in the spaces where we each have influence and persuasion. View our full “Rethinking Race, Dismantling Racism, and Furthering Justice” panel below, featuring:

Cory Booker, ’91, MA ’92: United States Senator, New Jersey
Maureen Keffer, JD ’11: Chief of Civil Rights, Accessibility and Racial Equity, California Department of Social Services
Goodwin Liu, ’91: Associate Justice, California Supreme Court




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