Racial & Social Justice Initiative

Feb. 3, 2017 marked the 2nd annual Racial Justice Retreat. To view materials from the event, please visit our Archives page. President Claire Sterk also penned a community letter on Feb. 15, which you can find on our Updates page.


During fall 2015, the Black Students of Emory University movement presented university administrators with 13 demands concerning racial justice at the institution. Within days, Emory officials issued an initial response and engaged with Emory student leaders to plan a retreat to address all issues set forth in the demands.

Convened in February 2016, the 1st annual Racial Justice Retreat spanned more than six hours and drew nearly 100 invited guests. Approximately half were students and the remainder faculty, staff, and administrators. The gathering produced constructive dialogue and recommendations. You can review highlights and offer feedback via the Demands tab to your left.

A team of students and administrators was formed and charged with incorporating feedback from retreat participants and the larger Emory community – and developing next steps in the ongoing process of reshaping the racial contours of a major university. This team, the Commission on Racial and Social Justice, met several times in 2016 and continues work into 2017 and beyond.

The goal of Racial Justice at Emory is to create a sustainable movement that reimagines and recreates a more socially just university community and positions the institution as a leader on issues of social justice – a goal that aligns closely with Emory's mission “to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.”