Though IRJ's projects are all interdisciplinary in nature, they tend to focus on race and justice issues within two main topical areas: criminal justice and education. These projects make up the bulk of the Institute's daily activities. As the projects are developed, the Institute uses its Steering Committee and Community Advisory Board as sounding boards who can provide feedback and ideas to strengthen the projects. In addition, many of the individual projects include community and practioner components, so community stakeholders, police departments, legislators, teachers, school administrators, and students are involved in the process. The Institute is also beginning to branch out to other topics beyond criminal justice and education. In addition, the Institute has developed a fellowship program to further its goal of broadening discussions and research around race and justice issues at Northeastern.