Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has announced a $15 million gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the study of racial justice.
The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice will include centers at Rutgers campuses in Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden and will support the scholarship of humanities researchers in the areas of policy reform, social justice, K-12 education, and the carceral state, as well as a number of named professorships and postdoctoral fellows from disciplines across the university.
"The nation is at a tipping point with respect to racial and social justice," said Rutgers president Jonathan Holloway. "This grant will enable Rutgers, an institution older than the country itself, to be an international leader in understanding the causes, effects, and solutions to problems that have plagued the world."
"Rutgers University has long been a home to distinguished scholarship in race and the humanities. We at Mellon are elated to support this truly new, interdisciplinary institute that seeks to resolve global racism and injustice through the power of humanistic inquiry," said Andrew W. Mellon Foundation president Elizabeth Alexander. "We believe in the deeply meaningful work these Rutgers scholars will undertake together, and we are proud to fund the humanities-driven exploration that will inspire even more researchers and institutions to join in this extraordinary new academic endeavor."