Racial, Equity and Justice Institute (REJI)

Developing Equity-minded Practitioners

The Racial Equity and Justice Institute (REJI) is a higher education consortium committed to identifying and implementing data-informed strategies that eliminate racial equity gaps in higher education.  The work of REJI aligns powerfully with Queensborough’s Strategic Plan goals to close equity gaps in student outcomes.

Queensborough joined the REJI consortium during summer 2022 and convened a working group of diverse stakeholders from offices across the college. Participants attend a minimum of two meetings per month. One meeting is specifically for the Queensborough team and focuses on building community and the competencies of the campus team. The second meeting is with the entire REJI consortium. Each month, the REJI facilitates virtual convenings to offer information and experiences that will be useful in member campuses’ work to become equity-minded institutions.  In addition to providing critical professional development, the REJI consortium meetings offer an opportunity to dialogue with other higher education professionals who are also engaged in closing equity gaps. The meetings facilitate fellowship and also information and strategy-sharing about challenges and successes.

Click here for a handbook detailing some of the successes REJI institutions have had.

REJI Virtual Convenings

The REJI will host seven consortium-wide virtual convenings during the 2022-2023 academic year. These meetings are open to the entire Queensborough community. 

September 29, 2022, Noon-3:00 EST

Title: Laying the Groundwork for Institutional Racial Equity and Justice Work: Overview of Equity-Mindedness and Racially Equitable Action Planning

Description: This session will provide a grounding in foundational tenets to racial equity work.

Resources: Racial Equity: Getting to Results and Racial Equity Action Plans

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October 27, 2022, 1:00-3:00 EST

Title: A Framework for Advancing Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus: A Conversation with Dr. Kimberly Truong and Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett

Description: This keynote address will feature two of the authors of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education’s resource A Framework for Advancing Anti-Racism Strategy on Campus.

Resource: A Framework for Advancing Anti-racism Strategy on Campus

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November 2, 2022, 12:00-3:00 EST

Title: Utilizing a Liberatory Consciousness in Our Racially Equitable Campus Work

Description: This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Barbara Love and Dr. Tanya Williams, two foremost racial equity practitioners and workshop facilitators, who will offer tools to aid us in our personal and interpersonal work as we seek to lead for racial equity on our campuses. 

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December 15, 2022, 11:30-1:30 EST

Title: Racial Equity Requires More than Rewriting the Rules – It Requires Transformation

Description: Commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Carlos Santiago is helping to lead the nation in offering higher education strategies for centralizing racial equity into our policies, practices and pedagogies. In this keynote, Commissioner Santiago will share next steps for the equity agenda.

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January 19, 2023, 12:00-3:00 EST

Title: Laying the Groundwork for Institutional Racial Equity and Justice Work: Equity-Minded Data and Sense-Making – Foundational Steps to Equity Action

Description: This session is intended to provide a grounding in foundational equity-minded data practices.

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February 16, 11:30-2:30 EST

Title: Racially Equitable Teaching and Learning

Description: Infusing racial equity into teaching and learning practices and structures is essential for our campuses’ transformation.  Join Dr. Nia Hydel, Vice President for Alliance Engagement and Institutional Transformation at Complete College America, for a keynote on racially equitable teaching and learning strategies and structural change.  After a brief break, we will then learn from a panel of faculty and students as they have a conversation about racially equitable teaching and learning. 

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April 20, 2023, 10:00-2:00 EST

Title: Calling in Others to the Work for Racial Equity

Description: Professor Loretta Ross is one of the foremothers in America’s work for equity and justice.  Her work focused on calling people into the work for equity provides a set of tools for all of us to use as we seek to advance this work across campus. It is a distinct honor to have Professor Ross share her expertise and vision with the REJI.

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Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art GalleryOpens in a new window

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.