The pursuit of peace and justice is more important than ever as we witness challenges in the U.S. and globally. Displaced people in Africa, the Middle East, and in the Americas directly confront violence, war and a lack of government protection on a large-scale today. In the U.S., the demand for justice has led to closer scrutiny of law enforcement actions recognizing the disproportionate impact on marginalized communities. We are mindful of Muhammad Ali’s legacy as a transformational humanitarian and courageous warrior for freedom, justice, and equality. His courage, passion, and conviction inspires all of our work.
At the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, we continue our work supporting a community of scholar-activists who seek to be agents of social change. This year we honored Muhammad Ali in a series of campus and community events. We were pleased to welcome the 2017-19 Muhammad Ali Scholars into our community and celebrate the 2015-17 Muhammad Ali Scholars at an event hosted by the Muhammad Ali Center on March 30, 2017. We are excited about “translating research into action” through the work of our Faculty Research Group and the Institute’s involvement in the new Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research. We also are enthusiastic about expanding and deepening our work with community partners while remaining focused on our unique programs addressing the violence facing young people in urban areas.
The Social Justice Research Consortium is directed by the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, in collaboration with the Brandeis Laboratory for Citizenship, the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky, and Health Sciences Center Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The Consortium was created to fund social justice research teams, projects, creative activities, and community-engaged scholarship addressing intransigent social problems and systemic inequalities. The Consortium is funded as a 21st Century University Initiative through an iRFP grant and matching funds from 7 colleges and units, as well as several University offices
We would like to acknowledge and thank the 2015/2017 Muhammad Ali Scholars along with formally announcing the 2017/2019 Muhammad Ali Scholars
2015/2017 Muhammad Ali Scholars
|Yomna Amer||Mariam Ba|
|DeAnna Benson||Kala Brown|
|Kayla Bryant||Madeline Clabough|
|Cortez Flippins||Temis Jimenez|
|Wesley Turner||Karen Udoh|
2017/2019 Muhammad Ali Scholars
|Fadumo Abdullahi||Benjamin Anderson|
|Destinee Germany||Mariana Juarez|
|Maria Martinez||McClain Owens|
|Ruth Peter||Niara Wakaba|