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The Stanford Center for Racial Justice works to counter racial division and political polarization through rigorous research and thought-provoking conversations that analyze the racial dimensions of some of the most contentious and consequential issues in American society.

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SCRJ projects analyze the racial dimensions of some of the most contentious and consequential issues in American society.

After Students for Fair Admissions

Through our policy practicum, we are working with students from across campus to develop a guidance document for universities, policymakers, and stakeholders that serves as a national road map for how to promote learning and advance racial justice following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn race-based affirmative action.

Model Use of Force Policy

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. Beyond our beta release phase, we are seeking feedback from stakeholders—particularly those who are most impacted by public safety and policing issues.

Alternatives to Police Response

From rethinking emergency response and reforming police practices to reenvisioning traffic enforcement, U.S. cities are searching for strategies that better respond to the needs of their communities. SCRJ’s researchers are exploring innovative alternatives to police response and framing consequential policy questions about racial justice.

On the Ground

SCRJ is chronicling the inside stories of individuals and groups who have been pursuing racial justice reform efforts, especially since the national protests of 2020. Our first installment is a case study about civilian oversight and police reform—and coordinated efforts to derail it—following controversial police measures in Santa Monica, California.


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Our vision is to build a society not riven by race-related polarization and inequality, one in which people appreciate the far-reaching effects of racism and its intertwining with economic inequality and recognize that overcoming those effects requires the ideas and efforts of people with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and ideologies.

We have developed a distinct model for advancing racial justice:

  • We function as a research, writing, and dissemination machine for world changing ideas.
  • We develop analyses and curate conversations that dissect some of the most consequential controversies in American society.
  • We strive to offer the best and most reliable source of insight for people who want to understand the racial dimensions of the issues that most divide our nation, and especially as those issues intersect with the dynamics of economic inequality.

By rigorously exploring, challenging, and reimagining the intricate ideas behind, solutions to, and complexities of racial inequality, we will transform and redefine not just the research, action, and impact but also the conversations needed to truly advance racial justice in America.

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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