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.

New Video: Antiracist Futures

What does an antiracist future look like? What does a world that meets the needs of everyone feel like? What would our relationship be with the land, and with our neighbors? What kind of world is possible if we organize collectively to abolish racism?

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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.

New Databyte Shows Students of Color are Disproportionately Bullied At School

Sending your child to school for the first time is both an exciting and anxious milestone for any parent. One source of anxiety is the fear that your child might experience bullying or harassment. In the U.S., 20% of K-12 students are bullied, and race is the leading identity factor for students experiencing bullying. Black students are significantly more likely to be bullied than their White peers.

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