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I hope we have come to a long-overdue time of change. One comfort I have found is the many people—some in positions of formal authority, and many not—who have stood up to promise that black lives matter and that we must transform our economic, political, and social systems to fulfill that promise. The Kennedy School is committed to doing its part.

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The killing of George Floyd has reverberated across the United States, with protests that have shut cities down from coast to coast. We asked Harvard Kennedy School faculty for their analysis of the crisis and their thoughts on paths out of it.

Expert Voices & Ideas

Cornell William Brooks, Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations and Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, discusses the context and history of "defund and reinvest" movements.

On this episode of PolicyCast, Professors Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Erica Chenoweth discuss how the brutal killing of George Floyd has pushed America to a major inflection point in its endless struggle with racism.


Symone D. Sanders on policing

In a virtual forum with the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, Symone D. Sanders, Spring 2018 Institute of Politics Fellow and senior advisor to Biden for President, discusses her personal experience with police brutality.


    Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability Project (IARA) 

    The Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability Project is an initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center that uses research and policy to promote anti-racism as a core value and institutional norm.

    Racial justice, racial equity, and anti-racism reading list 

    The HKS Library has created a reading list that is inspired and largely informed by the Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability Project at the Shorenstein Center in partnership with the HKS Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

    Black America and COVID-19

    This collection documents the experience of COVID-19 on Black communities in America. Its intention is to create a collective conversation of material for teaching and learning about the contemporary effects of COVID-19 on the Black community as it is tied to the historical legacy of race in America.

    Recent faculty research on social justice issues 

    Explore Harvard Kennedy School publications on aspects of justice, race, civil advocacy, equality, and related issues. This list captures recent books, working papers, journal articles, and other relevant research.

    The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice 

    The William Monroe Trotter Collaborative for Social Justice at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership advances the social justice and civil rights legacy of William Monroe Trotter through research on social justice, community engagement, and engagement with government and other organizations.

    The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management 

    The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management is part of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Since 1980 it has conducted research to promote sound policy and effective management in the administration of safety and justice.

    Harvard Journal of African American Policy 

    The Harvard Journal of African American Policy is the second-oldest, student-run review published annually by the Harvard Kennedy School. Its mission is to educate and empower in order to improve the quality of public policies affecting the African American community specifically and the African diaspora at large.

    Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Library

    The Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Library is a collection of books, films, and other resources selected by the Harvard Kennedy School Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and Library & Knowledge Services.

    Managing and Facilitating Discussions about Race

    The HKS Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging has produced a tip sheet for having respectful, open, and productive conversations about race.

    HKS Courses Related to Race

    A list of HKS courses that will be offered for the 2020-21 academic year in which race is an important element.

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