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  • facing race 2016 conference race forward image

    If you have not registered, please join our waiting list, in case tickets become available. If you don't have your registration information but think you’ve already paid or think you're part of a paid group, please contact facingrace@raceforward.org.

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    A special podcast featuring compelling stories from a multiracial roundup of justice advocates sharing personal formative experiences in movement work. Guests include Franchesca Ramsey, Jeff Chang, Pramila Jayapal and more! Listen to the latest episode here or rate and subscribe on iTunes. Be sure to register for our upcoming Facing Race Conference.

  • race and race forward

    #RaceAnd is a special 8-part video series produced by Race Forward’s Video Production Specialist Kat Lazo, exploring the many ways that race compounds and intersects with all the other issues faced by people of color. Each video features a different artist, activist, or thinker, sharing their lived experience how race intertwines with their other identities, and how that mix impacts their lives both personally and systemically.

  • Advancement Project, Race Forward, The Opportunity Agenda

    Communities of color are in pain after the tragic shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The death of the officers in Dallas has added to the anguish and unrest breaking out across this nation. When writing and editing content pertaining to these and other tragedies involving people or communities of color, reporters, editors and producers need to consider the following.

  • Chance Lombardi

    "How to Get Away With Harassing, Firing or Never Even Hiring a Trans Worker of Color"

    A landmark federal lawsuit effectively outlawed work discrimiation against transgender people four years ago. So why are trans employees of color are still catching so much hell?

  • "Building The We" report cover.

    "Building the We," published by Race Forward, features key successes and lessons from the local leaders who ushered in a new agenda for the City of Salinas: Healing-Informed Governing for Racial Equity. This report serves as a useful resource for local governments, community advocates and philanthropists who aim to champion racial equity in their own localities.

Race Forward

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation was formerly known as the Applied Research Center (ARC). The goal of our rebrand was to:

  • Lead with race in the same way that our organization does.
  • Highlight the centrality of addressing "Race" and the importance of paving the way "Forward" to racial justice.
  • Convey the urgency of moving forward using the word "Race."

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media, and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systematic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity.



  • Cutting edge, original research on pressing racial justice issues.
  • Intersectional approach to how race compounds and intersects with other societal issues, which can be described as "race and..."
  • Strong social change practice.


  • Colorlines, a daily news site where race matters with award winning investigative reporting and news analysis.
  • Use of storytelling and multimedia to amplify key issues we cover.
  • Pushing key race stories into the mainstream media.


  • Facing Race, the largest conference for racial justice movement-making, focused on alliance-building, issue framing, and advancing solutions.
  • Speakers, training, consulting services.
  • Action-oriented campaigns, such as Drop the I-Word, which seeks to eliminate the derogatory term "illegal."