Much like diversity, social justice is now an industry within higher education.

The College Fix reports:

UC Santa Barbara now offers paid ‘Racial Justice Fellowships’

The University of California Santa Barbara announced that it will offer paid “Racial Justice Fellowships” to four graduate students.

“The Racial Justice Fellowships will provide recipients $8,000 in summer funding for three years on top of a five-year package of full funding,” the public university said in its news release.

The school described it as “an initiative designed to enhance the recruitment of graduate students committed to teaching, research and mentorship around racial justice” and said it comes in “light of recent protests against police violence directed at Black communities and the persistence of systemic racism.”

A dean said that students could use the fellowships to start or continue research on topics such as “political anti-racist resistance.”

Leila Rupp, dean of the graduate school and a professor of feminist studies, said in the news release:

Students in a variety of disciplines are engaged in research that explores the historical roots or contemporary experiences of racism; the educational, environmental, health or economic disparities impacting Black, Indigenous and communities of color; cultural, social and political anti-racist resistance; and other ways in which systemic racism and responses to it have shaped and continue to shape human societies.

The school’s media relations office said in the news release that the program will “foster a more inclusive university community committed to racial justice.”


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