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Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

A Catalyst for Social Justice

The mission of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice 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 for Social Justice was established in 2011 and renamed in honor of Martin Richard in 2015. Eight year old Martin was one of three people killed, while hundreds of others were injured, by bombs at the Boston Marathon in 2013. Martin’s parents, Bill and Denise Richard, are BSU alumni.

Featured Opportunities

Calling all BSU students! Help MRISJ kick off the year with service at our annual Bears Fighting Hunger service project on Saturday, September 7th! Honoring 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, volunteers will serve with End Hunger New England to pack 13,000 meals for people experiencing food insecurity in southeastern MA. 

Students can sign up now on EngageBSU!

Are you a current BSU student with an interest in social justice? MRISJ is now hiring student employees for the 2024-2025 academic year!

With multiple openings for Justice Fellows, Alternative Break Team Leaders, and Marketing Assistants there are lots of ways to get involved and explore your social justice passion. Learn more and apply today!

*Work study and non-work study opportunities available


Our Programs

The Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice encourages members of the Bridgewater State University community to become life-long engaged citizens in our local, regional, national and global communities through serving their community.

MRISJ Justice Fellows are undergraduate students, hired as BSU student employees, and work 10 hours per week throughout the academic year. Fellows are paired with a nonprofit organization or campus-based initiative. 

Virtual Tour Stop — Martin Richard Statue

Launch Martin Richard’s Legacy

Student & Faculty Resources

General Community Resources

We have compiled a variety of useful resources available to anyone looking for help.

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Featured News

Featured News

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A group of people stand in front of a large sign that reads Selma
Difference Makers

Students give back during alternative spring break trips

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Two women use a saw and hammer
Serving the Community
A large turnout marks 20th annual MLK Day of Service 
Social Justice
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Meet Newest Newman Fellow

Mitzy Duarte Chavarin, ’24, seeks to help immigrant families like her own

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Tyeisha Gilchrist stands in front of lockers with award saying she is first Martin Richard Foundation scholar
In Martin's Honor
Student humbled to receive Martin Richard scholarship
Social Justice
Students and children in red shirts help pack bags of food
Honoring MLK

Campus to host service projects to commemorate MLK holiday

Contact Us

Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

161 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States