Research Centers

The Center for Racial Justice is committed to advancing research, education, and advocacy to address systemic racism and promote racial equity. Our interdisciplinary team collaborates on projects exploring the historical, social, and economic factors contributing to racial disparities. Through research-driven initiatives, we aim to influence policies and practices that foster inclusivity, dismantle discrimination, and create a just society for all.

The Minority Health & Health Equity Research Center focuses on understanding and addressing health disparities experienced by minority populations. Our research delves into the multifaceted aspects of health inequality, ranging from access to healthcare and social determinants to cultural and systemic barriers. By generating evidence-based insights and promoting community engagement, we strive to inform policies that bridge the health gap and foster better health outcomes for marginalized communities.

The National Center for Black-Jewish Relations was established in 1989 by Dillard’s 4th President Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook to build a harmonious relationship between the Black and Jewish communities. On January 17, 2023 Dr. Rochelle Ford the 8th President of Dillard University relaunched the center in collaboration with the University Chaplain to encourage shared dialogue and learning between the Black and Jewish community. As well as student programing through a wide range of initiatives that introduce panel discussions, cultural events, workshops, and lecture series that promote and address the current day issues affecting both communities.

The Ray Charles Program in African-American Material Culture is dedicated to preserving, studying, and celebrating the diverse material culture of African Americans. Our research encompasses art, artifacts, music, literature, and more, providing valuable insights into the rich history and contributions of African-American communities. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational initiatives, we aim to amplify these voices and foster a deeper understanding of African-American heritage and its impact on society and culture.