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Mission and Vision

Mission

Our mission is to support research, teaching, and public dialogue that examine race and intersecting dimensions of human difference including, but not limited to, class, gender, religion, and sexuality. We are interested in how systems of social distinction shape identities, modes of knowing, processes of inclusion and exclusion, and acts of representation. 

In the tradition of James Weldon Johnson’s life and work, a feature of the Institute is to produce new knowledge on movements for civil and human rights in the United States and abroad. We value approaches that are interdisciplinary, multi-disciplinary, comparative, and that inform public discourse and decision-making.  

Vision

To establish by 2025 Emory University as the nation’s premiere university for research, teaching, and public dialogue on race and intersecting dimensions of human difference, whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in the local Atlanta community and world communities.