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The Proctor Institute Announces New Editorial Series Focused on Racial Justice

Contact: Brandy Jones
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New Brunswick, N.J., August 2, 2021—The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, & Justice (Proctor Institute) is proud to announce the release of a new editorial series focused on contemporary race-related issues and racial restoration. “Reparative Justice, Racial Restoration, and Education” is a curated series centered on the emotional turmoil that people of color carry with them due to socio-political events and racial injustices that occur in the United States.

In January 2021, the Proctor Institute disseminated a call for submissions that addressed, discussed, or examined the racial injustices in the United States. We sought to provide an outlet for expression, a refuge for support, and to create a network for authors and artists of all ages, backgrounds, and identities to connect over these issues. Submissions varied from artwork to poetry to podcasts to research to opinion essays to videos to longer-form essays.

“This series was an idea to build a community around liberation and empowerment for people of color through the expression of different scholarly endeavors. Ultimately, what brought this series to life are the passionate contributors across the country committed to realizing restorative justice and racial restoration in education,” shared series creator and editor Samuel Byndom. “I am honored to be part of this project at the Proctor Institute and provide a platform to amplify voices of color across the nation.”

After a careful peer-review and selection process, the first “Reparative Justice, Racial Restoration, and Education” cohort was born. Out of this process came 11 pieces that vary in medium. Selected authors and artists will form a network and organize around actualizing the collective and creating a community centered on true social change. 

“With all that has occurred over the last year and a half in this nation, we felt it was necessary to provide a space for not only expression but support and refuge through community building,” shared Marybeth Gasman, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Professor of Education & Distinguished Professor in the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. “We hope this series is effective in being a source of healing for authors and readers alike.” 

In addition to publishing these stories, the Proctor Institute will be running a social media campaign to highlight each piece and the authors that created them. Follow along on all social media platforms with the hashtag #RJRRE. 

All publications can be found here

About the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice 
The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, and Justice (Proctor Institute) is a national center that focuses on issues of leadership, equity, and justice within the context of higher education. It brings together researchers, practitioners and community members to work toward the common goals of diversifying leadership, enhancing equity, and fostering justice for all. The Proctor Institute is located at Rutgers University—New Brunswick, in the Graduate School of Education and houses the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI). Learn more at

Monday, August 2, 2021
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