Racial Justice and Equity

Our Initiative

Under our Racial Justice and Inclusion initiatives, student leaders focus on how to make JSA, their community, and the country more equitable for those most marginalized in the United States. Students work together to challenge and create a new democratic process that supports people from different backgrounds to ensure their voices are heard in all aspects of the political decision-making process.


Through working groups, digital initiatives, and comprehensive thought talks, JSA students are committed to learning and unlearning what is taught in a typical academic setting, and recreating what it means to center racial justice in their everyday work.   

Talking About Race

We know that talking about race can be difficult, but in order to create change, it's needed.


Here is information from the National Museum of African American History and Culture on how you can begin talking about race with your friends, family, and the entire community.


Below, you will see tool-kits, and videos on how to combat racial injustice in your communities.

The resources are free to supercharge your impact!


Racism in Voting

 Are you interested in learning how to combat systemic racism in voting?  In this video, we teamed up with our partners at The Advancement Project to shed light on the impact of systemic racism on voting in the United States.

Basil Smikle and the Black Lives Matter Movement

In this video, we are joined by Basil Smikle, former Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Party, and a key advisor to Hillary Rodham Clinton. He joins us for a conversation on the state of Black Lives in America and what we can do to support Black folks in our country.

Should We End Policing?

Watch this in-depth conversation on the state of policing in the United States. Our special guest includes Professor Alex Vitale, author of the nationally acclaimed book The End of Policing.

Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives

Black Feminism challenges us to act on the inextricable connections of sexism, class oppression, racism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia. As the contemporary Movement for Black Lives has invigorated resistance to racism and structural violence, this panel reflects on ways that Black Feminism shapes and informs the current struggles and successes.

Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses 'White Fragility'

University of Washington professor Dr. Robin DiAngelo reads from her book "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," explains the phenomenon, and discusses how white people can develop their capacity to engage more constructively across race.

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion

Peggy McIntosh lectures on issues of equity and privilege as they relate to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. Her TED Talk offers a shift in the traditional view of race, equity, and privilege. McIntosh uses her own experience as a white woman to inform her own knowledge of racial experiences from a white perspective.


TV & Film

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent 
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

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