Initiative for Race Research and Justice seeks applicants for Graduate and Professional Student Board

The Initiative for Race Research and Justice is seeking Vanderbilt graduate and professional students to join its Graduate and Professional Student Board. The board will commence in fall 2022 for a one-year term.

RRJ is organized around three main focal areas: conducting high-quality research on race; using new and expanded knowledge to improve practices, policies, society and the overall human condition; and sharing and disseminating knowledge, resources and tools in collaboration with communities, organizations and institutions for racial justice.

The Graduate and Professional Student Board will bring together students from across disciplines to participate in professional learning and development opportunities that may result in enhanced collaborations and deepened research and pedagogical knowledge and skills.

Key potential involvements include participating in learning opportunities related to research and teaching; identifying and co-constructing ideas for initiatives at Vanderbilt and in the broader community; and presenting or writing about race-related scholarship.


Applicants should be current, full-time graduate or professional students at Vanderbilt with an interest in racial justice and race research as well as teaching about race.

Becoming a board member

Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • Statement of interest (500-word limit) focused on why you desire to be part of the RRJ Graduate and Professional Student Board, what you hope to contribute, and what you hope to gain from the experience
  • One professional letter of recommendation (this should be from a faculty member, adviser or supervisor)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Application materials are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Oct. 11, 2022.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this intellectual and diverse community of scholars, click here.

Questions may be directed to Dena Lane-Bonds, assistant director with the RRJ, at