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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 BSU Peace Flag hanging from Boyden Hall

International Day of Peace

BSU’s peace flag is a symbol that reminds us that we must always work to be a welcoming, compassionate, and intellectually rigorous learning, working, and living community. We condemn all forms of bias, discrimination, xenophobia, and violence. We commit and recommit ourselves to actions that reflect our individual and institutional values of diversity, inclusion, and equality for all.

Educational Equity Programs


Community Service
The Community Service Center encourages members of the Bridgewater State University community to become life-long engaged citizens in our regional, national and global communities.
At Bridgewater State University, students from all major programs and concentrations make a yearlong commitment to become Jumpstart Corps members and provide services to children in the under-served communities of Brockton.
Bridge Partnership
We are committed to advancing the educational potential of underserved youth from Brockton and New Bedford by providing academic enrichment and support.

The Institute 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.


Student & Faculty Resources

Explore these social justice resources:

Student Voices

Faculty Grants

Interview with MRISJ Faculty Associate Dr. McGowan

In this 28-minute episode of InFocus, Dr. Kevin McGowan, Faculty Associate with the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice and Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education’s Early Education and Care Program at Bridgewater State University is interviewed by host Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, Professor in Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University. They discuss racism, COVID-19, critical race theory, educational systems, and related topics in an engaging conversation that includes historical and current perspectives. InFocus is a production of Bridgewater Access Online.

Martin Richard Statue with Mask

COVID-19: Resources and Ways to Care

If you need help, there are a variety of resources available to you.

Helpful Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There are many things you can do to support your local community, even while observing social distancing.

19 Ways to CARE (Connect. Advocate. Reflect. Engage.) During COVID-19

If you need help with something directly related to being a student or employee at BSU, please refer to the BSU COVID-19 page for resources and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Us

Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

Burrill Office Complex, Room 101
95 Burrill Avenue
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States