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Shaw University’s Center for Racial and Social Justice Announces Partnership
with the City of Raleigh

Courageous Conversations Includes a Series of Listening Sessions on Race, Racism,
and Social Equity

RALEIGH, NC—Today Shaw University announces that its Center for Racial and Social Justice will partner with the City of Raleigh for a series of public listening sessions on race, racism, and social equity beginning in February 2021. Shaw’s Center for Racial and Social Justice launched in June 2020 to further the development of a more just and equitable society. 

The goal of these listening sessions is to develop a plan to guide changes to current programs and develop new programs—all intended to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Raleigh.

“As the founding location for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Shaw has a rich legacy as a social justice leader,” stated Dr. Paulette Dillard, President of Shaw University. “This partnership with the City of Raleigh allows Shaw to expand its work and make meaningful impacts for the citizens of Raleigh.”

“The big goal of our collaboration with the Center for Racial and Social Justice is to develop an actionable plan to build a more equitable community for all of us,” stated Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin. “We’re very excited about this partnership and the good work to come. We couldn’t have a better partner than Shaw.” 

In January 2021, Shaw University and the City of Raleigh will release guidance on participation in these meaningful conversations.

About the Center for Racial and Social Justice

The Center for Racial and Social Justice (CRSJ) will affect meaningful social change by supporting students’ engagement around civil and human rights, spiritual formation, discernment, and social justice. The CRSJ also supports the development of healthy congregations and communities. 

Through lectures, workshops, seminars, certificate programs, forums and advocacy work, the CRSJ offers a space for and support the development of bold, visionary leadership. The CRSJ creates a robust ecology of students, faculty, staff, alumni, community leaders, corporate and private partners to address urgent societal issue related to race and racism, environmental and climate justice, social inequities, health, violence, and broader issues of human differences

Founded in 1865, Shaw University is the oldest historically Black university in the Southern United States. A private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Baptist church, Shaw has a rich history steeped in tradition, activism, and service, Shaw fulfills its mission to transform its diverse community of learners into global leaders.