The Social Justice and Racial Equity Institute (SJREI) was established in 2022 to address systemic racism and other forms of inequality through interdisciplinary problem solving that addresses the legacy of racial injustice and advances a just and prosperous society for all people. Systemic and institutional racism is a malicious and persistent barrier to the self-realization of racial minorities. We seek to advance racial equity and social justice by engaging in holistic, interdisciplinary problem solving that offers concrete proposals, policies, initiatives, and legal solutions that help to repair and reverse the legacy of racial and social injustice. SJREI is guided by values of justice, equality, integrity, collaboration, transparency, and vested community engagement that encourages participation and guidance of people directly impacted by racial inequality and social injustice.

Meet Our Co-Directors

Ansel Brown is an Assistant Professor who has focused his scholarship and practice on community economic development and Pan-Africanism. He obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002.

Scott Holmes is an Associate Clinical Professor who has worked extensively in civil rights litigation and grassroots community mobilization. He obtained his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1998.

Advisory Council

Jay Augustine, Pastor, St. Joseph AME Zion

La-Tasha Best-Gaddy, Business Transfers Program Manager Business Transfers Program, Democracy at Work Institute

Dawn Blagrove, Alumni, Executive Director of Emancipate NC

Attorney Aviance Brown, Alumni

Mr. Keith Corbett, Community Advocate and Lobbyist, Former Vice President of the Center for Responsible Lending

Dean Nakia Davis, Clinical Professor and Director of Clinics, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Judge Dorothy Hairston Mitchell, Durham District Court

Dr. Jarvis Hall, Professor, North Carolina Central University Department of Political Science

Ms. Terri Hyman, Director of Marketing and Communications, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Professor Irving Joyner, Professor, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Reginald Johnson, Director, Community Development at City of Durham

Professor Lydia Lavelle, Associate Professor, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Elaine O’Neil, Former Mayor, Former Dean of NCCU School of Law

Dr. Lorraine Taylor, Director, North Carolina Central University Juvenile Justice Institute

Contact SJREI

640 Nelson Street
Durham, NC  27707