Institutes, Centers, and Labs

Special programs from institutes, centers, and labs included the following:

  • The Berger Institute for Individual and Social Development hosted speakers and presented panels. They launched a social justice series in which they held four virtual sessions for students to help provide a safe and conducive environment for processing reactions to current events and discussing activism.
  • The Center for Writing and Public Discourse invited a guest speaker and hosted a workshop for faculty on teaching anti-racism through writing.
  • EnviroLab Asia hosted an anti-racism series of guest lectures.
  • The Financial Economics Institute created and facilitated a financial literacy boot camp for high school students. They also hosted a roundtable discussion with a panel of experts from three different fields who brought their expertise on Fintech to bear and shed light on algorithmic bias from different angles.
  • The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies sponsored student projects that address race-related issues.
  • The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies developed a program on Race, Gender and Identity in International Relations, including a full credit course, a speaker series, and a mentoring program. It also sponsored three faculty projects linked to anti-racism, including student research assistants.
  • The Kravis Lab for Social Impact coordinated a research study on learning and transitioning to college.
  • The Kravis Leadership Institute led a new seminar course on Leadership, Race, and Inclusion, as well as a speaker series.
  • The Mgrublian Center for Human Rights offered a new course on Racism Today and Human Rights Abuses, Historical Dimensions and Redress, including extensive supplemental programming with multiple guest speakers and briefings on various topics related to police brutality and excessive use of force. It also supported a photo exhibit by Eli Reed, renowned Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist of Black life in America, and sponsored a team of students to work directly with a local human rights lawyer to conduct research and search historical documents and testimonies to help build the lawyer’s arguments to pursue justice on current and historical human rights abuses.
  • The Rose Institute of State and Local Government sponsored students working on national police reform efforts in the context of a decentralized policing system and the difficulties faced by California native tribes that are not federally-recognized.
  • The Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom sponsored faculty-run Saturday seminars, guest speakers, and Athenaeum panels on race-related topics.