About the Project
Democratizing Racial Justice seeks to transform the role of higher education, through changing and adapting Ethnic Studies and Humanities, in particular. The DRJ is combating the erasure of people of color and their histories, and reimagining a society in which people are equally valued. Through the Mellon Grant's recent $5 million contributions to our project for a just society, we’re able to create a new vision for higher ed in our community and beyond.
The Democratic Racial Justice project is bringing our communities from higher education together to plan a just future for those who have felt displaced or unseen in the world. Our team is creating projects that are inclusive to all and will grow future leaders in democratizing racial justice. Our upcoming projects include the Ethnic Studies Academy, the People's Academy, and more. Through our Andrew W. Mellon Grant, we are able to explore and fight for an equitable and just future.
Who We Are
Our team has a long history of collaboration between the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, the Alamo Colleges, the university, and other partners. Most importantly, we not only work with communities, but we are also members of the community. Our team formed of community activists, activist scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students works together on many projects and community events that advance the group's visions for social justice.
Building on the legacy of social justice movements in San Antonio and the long history of ethnic studies, Democratizing Racial Justice emerged to bring working groups together to work on pressing racial justice issues. We also seek to increase student access to ethnic studies as a pathway for learning about and creating more just societies.
The original team of Jackie Cuevas, Alejandra Elenes, and Rhonda Gonzales collaborated with community partners to respond to Mellon's call for building Just Futures.