Community is at the heart of the IRJ research and organizational model. By bringing community stakeholders into the process of developing social science research projects, the Institute is better able to identify and assess current and salient research topics and data in the field.
To this end, the Institute has placed significant effort into establishing relationships and recruiting involvement from community practitioners. Since its founding in 2001, staff from the Institute has met with more than fifty community-based organizations in the Boston area and countless individuals. Through this outreach, the Institute received commitments from representatives of approximately fifteen of these organizations to serve on a Community Advisory Board that assists Institute staff in shaping the IRJ research agenda.
In addition to the community partners the Institute has through the Community Advisory Board, the Institute also pairs with other organizations around specific events and projects. The Institute is involved in three collaborative coalitions (Dudley Outreach Workers' Alliance / Roxbury Network, the Safe Neighborhood Initiative, and Grove Hall Youth Workers' Alliance), and has staged a number of events at Northeastern and around the Boston area on race and justice issues.
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