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Institute for Racial Justice (IRJ)

Institute for Racial Justice

Transformational education. Change-making research. Community collaboration. We’re bringing it all together to advance the fight for racial justice. We’re combining the resources of Loyola University Chicago, the knowledge of our trusted partners and the passion of our people. Together, we’re creating innovative paths to a more equitable future. 

irj in action

Our Mission

We are the interdisciplinary hub for racial justice work across Loyola University Chicago and beyond. We build deep relationships, accelerate transformational research and education, and create a collective impact toward racial justice and equity.

Our Work

We’re fighting for racial justice on multiple, interconnected fronts — through academic research, educational programs and community partnerships. We’re addressing health disparities, economic inequality, environmental justice, and more.

Our People

We bring together faculty and students from across Loyola and affiliated scholars and community leaders. Meet the people making change happen.


"IRJ is a work environment unlike any other I have been in; the IRJ team manages to work hard and be incredibly productive while at the same time creating community, prioritizing reflection, and having fun. I am so grateful for my wonderful colleagues." Meghna Chandra, PhD
IRJ Postdoctoral Fellow

Get Involved

Student learns in classroom

As a Loyola student, you’ll have ample opportunity to join IRJ’s work through education and research. These include but are not limited to:

  • Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships.
  • Graduate Research Fellowships.
  • Seed grants for student projects.
  • Undergraduate and graduate student worker positions.
  • Internships with community organizations advancing racial justice.
  • Applied research experience on real-world projects.


Chicago Urban League "State of Black Chicago" on CBS

The Chicago Urban League recently released its latest report on the "State of Black Chicago," a periodic examination of racial inequities in various areas like education, housing, and health. Joining us to discuss the reports findings are Urban League president and CEO Karen Freeman-Wilson and Loyola University assistant professor and researcher Twyla Blackmond Larnell.

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