Center for Antiracist Research

Our Mission: To build an antiracist society that ensures racial equity and social justice

The mission of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research is to convene researchers and practitioners from various disciplines to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. We foster exhaustive racial research, research-based policy innovation, data-driven educational and advocacy campaigns, and narrative-change initiatives. We are working toward building an antiracist society that ensures equity and justice for all.

Read the Founder’s Statement by Ibram X. Kendi

What is antiracist research?

Whereas racist research historically has posed the question, “What is wrong with people?” antiracist research now asks a different question, a better question: “What is wrong with policies?” Our belief is that framing research on race and racism around antiracist questions leads to antiracist narratives, effective policy solutions, and impactful advocacy campaigns that cut to the root of racial inequality: racist policy.

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Our Work

Our work, like our center, is in the process of being developed. But here are a few projects that we're working on.

Antibigotry Symposium

Don’t miss our virtual Antibigotry Symposium on May 12, 4-7 pm ET! After an introduction by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, there will be three panels with insights from scholars and advocates. In particular, we will consider how structural aspects of bigotry—including laws, policies, practices, norms, and narratives—work together with bigoted ideas to cause and normalize subordination. Please join us to hear more about this work and contribute to the conversation!

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Donors who give to the BU Center for Antiracist Research are the very foundation of our work to educate, empower, and bring about an antiracist society. Please support us in this essential mission.



Read more about the center at BU and out in the larger world.

Petitioner Larry Thompson, Supported by Amicus Brief Filed by Center for Antiracist Research, Wins SCOTUS Civil Rights Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the “indications-of-innocence” standard, which clears a path for people who have been targeted by false criminal charges that are later dismissed to seek police accountability under federal civil rights law. This is one important step in clearing the many hurdles to addressing racialized police misconduct. In June 2021, we […]

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Telehealth’s Double Edged Sword: Bridging or Perpetuating Health Inequities?

Inadequate healthcare access is one of the factors driving health inequities among BIPOC communities. Telehealth offers an opportunity to increase healthcare access and reduce health inequities. However, according to researchers from Boston University Questrom School of Business, Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC), telehealth has unwittingly become a “double-edged sword,” […]

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