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Doerr Center for Social Justice

Saint Louis University's Emmett J. and Mary Martha Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research is an independently funded center within SLU’s School of Social Work that promotes long-range solutions to social problems through education and research.

Established in 1996 thanks to an endowment by the Doerrs, descendants of a 1937 graduate, the center sponsors an annual Social Justice Lecture event, featuring important keynote speakers on social justice issues, as well as faculty research and awards to students for international travel and dissertations. 

Upcoming Events

Systemic Racism and Anti-Blackness Lecture and Facilitated Discussion with Bedelia Richards, Ph.D.

5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, Center for Global Citizenship

Bedelia Richards, Ph.D., a renowned race scholar, will provide an insightful lecture on the complex workings of systemic racism and anti-Blackness within social institutions and organizations. Karla Scott, Ph.D., will facilitate a fireside chat and Q&A. The lecture is open to SLU students, faculty and staff. 

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RaceTalk Workshop Series

9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 27 (Part One) and Feb. 9 (Part Two), Il Monastero

Join Bedelia Richards, Ph.D., for a two-part workshop series for undergraduate and graduate SLU faculty. Part one of this free series will focus on enhancing faculty skills related to conducting cross-racial dialogues in the classroom and beyond. Part two of the workshop will assist faculty in incorporating these skills into their teaching. Faculty will have the opportunity to develop lesson plans and classroom activities designed to teach cross-racial dialogue skills to students. Registration for the workshop is open to all SLU graduate and undergraduate faculty. Seating for this workshop will be limited to 50 participants. 

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