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Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

The mission of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice—named after the youngest victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings—is to build knowledge about social justice, to develop skills for advancing social justice through individual and collective action, and to serve as a catalyst for actualizing Bridgewater State University’s commitment to social justice.

At BSU, we believe that social justice requires individual and collective action to ensure fairness in pursuit of opportunities, freedom from oppression and the equitable distribution of resources. Fairness, freedom from oppression and equitable distribution of resources are all grounded in the same basic principle: that all human beings have equal dignity and worth.

The Institute consists of the educational equity programs: Jumpstart Bridgewater and the Bridge Partnership; and the Community Service Center. It also sponsors forums and events on an array of social justice topics and works to expand the presence of social justice in BSU’s academic programs. For more information, contact the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice at (508) 531-2199.