Our Mission

The Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law works to highlight and dismantle structures and institutions that have been infected by racial bias and plagued by inequality. A project of the Law School, the interdisciplinary center, among other things, coordinates curricular development to offer a concentration of courses and serves as a resource for faculty whose teaching or scholarship addresses subjects related to race, ethnicity and inequality. The Center also fulfills its mission by convening public conversations with stakeholders, affected communities, thought leaders, advocates, and students; shaping policy, engaging in multifaceted advocacy, and providing training on issues of race and inequality; and leveraging the collective power of partnerships with a diverse array of allies committed to progressive social change. In addition to developing and providing a home for events and activities pertaining to these issues—including the prestigious lecture series named for civil rights attorney, critical race theory pioneer, and beloved NYU Law professor Derrick Bell—the center will grow to offer scholarships and fellowships, embracing projects that diversify not only the pipeline to legal scholarship, but to societal leadership more broadly. With a foundation in New York City, deep connectivity to the world of practice, and a global perspective, NYU School of Law is ideally suited to developing a center to examine and address issues of race, inequality, and the law using a multi-disciplinary approach.

What We're Reading

Policing the Black Man










New Co-Faculty Director

Professor Deborah N. Archer has been named co-faculty director of the Center.


Now hiring for our 2019-2020 Student Fellowship Program  

Our 2018 Year In Review Report 

Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law's Year In Review

Upcoming Events

A Conversation on Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Wednesday, October 2, 2019  |  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South  map

This moderated conversation will explore the case Students for Fair Admissions, Inc., v. Harvard College, which raises a challenge to Harvard College's admissions practices. The case, brought by a group that has accused Harvard of discriminating against Asian-American applicants, has reignited the ongoing debate about the role of race, the value of diversity, and the use of affirmative action in higher education. Nationally acclaimed experts working at the intersection of diversity, race, and education will discuss a number of topics, including: the legal arguments used to bolster the use of affirmative action in college admissions; the role of affirmative action in ensuring diversity and redressing racism in higher education; and the potential impact of legal challenges like the one brought by Students for Fair Admissions on the future of diversity in education.


Anurima Bhargava, Founder and President of Anthem of Us

Julie J. Park, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park

Jin Hee Lee, Senior Deputy Director of Litigation of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

Moderated by Deborah Archer, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Co-Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law



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