Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

Peniel Joseph (left) and Estevan Delgado
Joseph, Delgado to lead LBJ School's Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI)

The mission of the University of Texas at Austin's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy is to facilitate anti-racism research and programming dedicated to reshaping policies that lead to the end of racial inequality.


By supporting pedagogical and policy innovations of scholars, activists and experts working to eliminate systemic racism in educational, corporate, government, civic and cultural spaces, we aim to foster new ways of implementing racial justice initiatives dedicated to the achievement of a just, equitable, and inclusive society.



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Dec. 13, 2021 — LBJ School establishes Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI), names leadership

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin has established a new department dedicated to Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI), naming Dr. Peniel Joseph and Estevan Delgado JEDI's inaugural associate dean and director, respectively. Their appointments begin in January 2022.

Joseph will serve on the dean's executive leadership team in order to amplify the LBJ School's commitments to core values of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion along three key areas: composition, culture and curriculum. His experience as the founding director of UT's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) will play a critical role in advancing several strategic priorities, including teaching a diverse student body, attracting and retaining diverse faculty, and refining curriculum and pedagogical innovations that better enable students to study, recognize and reduce discrimination and inequity.


Jun. 19, 2021 — Juneteenth Freedom Summit: New Birth of American Freedom

The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin held the inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Summit on June 19, 2021. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, when, on June 19, 1865, over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued, federal troops informed enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, of their freedom. This online event moderated by Dr. Peniel Joseph, the CSRD’s Founding Director, is a celebration of Juneteenth as a New Birth of American Freedom whose architects included formerly enslaved Black women and men who helped to remake conceptions of race, democracy, and citizenship. Leading voices explored why Juneteenth matters now, in this season of national political awakening around racial justice and equity, more than ever. The event featured a keynote lecture by Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed on the meaning of Juneteenth and lightning round discussions on wealth, education, and housing equity with distinguished local leaders.


Jan. 25, 2021 — The Path to Racial Equity: How Did We Get Here?

What is the historical context for the issues of race our country currently faces? What is at the root of the racial injustice that contradicts our nation’s ideals and continues to hold us back from our promise? Dr. Peniel Joseph, Professor of Public Affairs and Founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, LBJ School of Public Affairs chats with Leslie Wingo, President & CEO of Sanders\Wingo in the LBJ Library's limited series. 


Jan. 18, 2021 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day discussion of The Sword and the Shield with Dr. Peniel Joseph

The LBJ School, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD), the LBJ Foundation, BookPeople and Huston-Tillotson University presented a special program to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Peniel Joseph, LBJ School professor and CSRD director, discussed his critically acclaimed book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. with Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, President and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Named a TIME 100 must-read book of 2020, one of Financial Times's Best Books of 2020: Politics, a TLS Book of the Year and among the PEN America Awards Longlists, this dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the 20th century's most iconic leaders.


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