Democratizing Racial Justice seeks to put higher education in service of communities of color. We seek to transform the role of higher education, through increasing access to Ethnic Studies and Humanities in service of racial justice. The DRJ is combating the erasure of people of color and their histories by centering people of color in creating collective voices for racial justice. With $5 million in support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we are able to create a new vision for higher education in our community and beyond.


DRJ Partnerships

The DRJ offers resources via community-based endeavors to envision and realize racial justice. Through site-based collaborations and partnerships, Democratizing Racial Justice elevates co-created community knowledge for just societies, transforms access to the academy for people of color and first-gen students, and propagates transformative pedagogies in Ethnic Studies and the humanities.

Community Projects

Workers on the Rise panel

DRJ Fellowships

Our first-gen graduate fellowships will prepare and hold public talks with community fellows, contribute to special projects and events, and will distribute accessible summaries online and through our newsletter. They are providers of our open space to the public as well as to our team members.


The People’s Academy

The project mobilizes year-long People’s Academies, in which multidisciplinary teams, facilitated by an anchoring community organization, support community-based groups in imagining racial justices for themselves and implementing projects in which Ethnic Studies and humanities experts help create the world those communities imagine.


The Educators’ Academy

The Ethnic Studies Educators’ Academy will engage community members in analyzing race and shaping racially just visions, supported by decolonial methodologies in humanities, education, social sciences, and arts. The knowledge emerging from these collaborations will be shared through academic research publications.

Who We Serve

Connecting Educators & Students
with the San Antonio Community

Our students, faculty, and community members will work in multiple endeavors and pathways; from internships, fellowships, teaching academies, and more to fight against racist ideologies. Our educators and students will learn to build and develop meaningful relationships with their local community from diverse backgrounds and origins by taking part in our fight for a just future.

News and Events

June 26, 28, 30, TBD

The DRJ project, made up of Ethnic Studies scholars from the Alamo Colleges District (ACD) and University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), brings together scholar-educators from colleges and universities across Texas to connect, dialogue, and engage new pedagogies that will strengthen Ethnic Studies praxis. We will dedicate the 3rd annual Ethnic Studies Educators’ Academy (ESEA) to pushing forward narratives and pedagogies that center the stories of Black, Indigenous, Chicanx, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, working-class, and queer communities in Texas. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows whose research or teaching is focused on Texas are encouraged to apply. Our purpose is to encourage higher education educators to re-imagine racial justice in higher education. What does racial justice look like in your classrooms? In your curricula? How can the classroom be a bridge for transforming the world into a racially just society? We aim to aid students in understanding their experiences as valid forms of knowledge and sites for theorizing resistance, racial justice, and social change.  Selected participants will receive $1,000 for attending three conference sessions, completing required assignments, and actively participating in the ESEA. Graduates of the ESEA will be invited to apply to a workshop whose purpose is to create a shareable teaching guide. Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will receive an additional $1,000. More details about this additional opportunity will be provided at the ESEA.  Application Due: February 27, 2023

Location: Online

October TBD, TBA

Coming Soon

Location: TBA

Make A Gift

To support our racial justice efforts, please consider donating to the Department of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (REGSS) or the Women's Studies Institute (WSI).