Dillard is answering the call to be a conduit for change by engaging community leaders, law enforcement officials and citizens to acquire the cultural competence needed to bring about systemic change to policing in communities of color.
The Center for Racial Justice’s goal is to change the way people of color and their communities are policed through education, community relationship building, civic engagement training, services, partnerships, and utilization of relevant resources. We are committed to educating both the law enforcement community and the community at large.
The MISSION of Dillard University’s Center for Racial Justice is to bring systemic change to the way policing is done in communities of color and to promote partnerships with law enforcement including police departments and sheriff’s office, graduate, and professional schools. The Center for Racial Justice will be a reservoir for lectures, research, advocacy training, civic engagement, and political participation.
The Center for Racial Justice’s VISION is to work with the community to address racism and injustice. The Center for Racial Justice is focused on community and relationship building in addressing accountability in addressing individuals and systems of oppression. The work of the Center for Racial justice is an active process and in partnership with the community in addressing a more accountable, and inclusive society.
Dillard University Center for Racial Justice is honored to be an official award winning Center receiving the Equity and Social Justice Advocacy Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education in Montgomery, Alabama. Board Members Dr. Ashraf Esmail, Tia Suggs, Dr. Alice Duhon Ross and Dr. JC Romero accepted the award on behalf of the Center.
The Center for Racial Justice collaborates groups and organizations to achieve its mission. Currently, CRJ is partnering with:
Dillard’s Criminal Justice Club
Criminal Justice Honor Society
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
To meet the community’s demands for improved citizen-law enforcement relationships, the Center for Racial Justice will offer a 30-hour certificate program.
Course content will include, but will not be limited to:
Ashraf Esmail, Ph.D.
Office: Michael & Shaun Jones Hall 236
Ph.D., Union Institute and University
M.S., Georgia State University
B.S., Louisiana State University