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The community engagement branch of the Institute on Race and Justice brings community stakeholders into the process of developing social science research projects, allowing for better identification and assessment of salient research topics and data in the field.

To this end, the IRJ has placed significant effort into establishing relationships and recruiting involvement from community practitioners. Since its founding in 2001, staff from the IRJ has met with numerous community-based organizations and individuals in the Boston area.

Through this outreach, a number of community practitioners have committed to serving on our Community Advisory Board to assist in shaping the IRJ research agenda. In addition, the IRJ has formed relationships with local organizations that are now Community Partners dedicated to collaborating on specific events and initiatives.