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Faculty Engagement

As key members of the Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice (MRISJ) team, Faculty Partners serve as a voice for faculty in the institute’s planning and delivery of programs and events while building faculty awareness of and engagement with the institute.

Faculty partners work alongside staff to ensure that MRISJ programs and partnerships benefit from faculty expertise, while expanding and fostering connections and collaborations with academic departments and programs of study.

If you are interested in joining our MRISJ Faculty Friends list, please email with your name, email, department, and let us know your social justice interests.

T. Kevin McGowan
As academic director for the MRISJ, I am given many opportunities to work on social and racial justice initiatives with all members of our BSU community inclusive of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Some of these initiatives include the planning of our summer faculty institute and working with the student arm of the Racial Justice and Equity Council.
Dr. Kevin McGowan, MRISJ Academic Director
Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Dr. Fernanda Ferreira
My work is to advance the mission of the institute in my role as faculty fellow. That translates to cultivating partnerships and working with colleagues in MRISJ to identify community partners for collaboration opportunities… to fully realize our mission on campus.
Dr. Fernanda Ferreira, MRISJ Faculty Associate
Professor of Global Languages and Literatures
headshot photo of Dr. Luzi Shi
Being an MRISJ faculty associate allows me to lead critical conversations on campus and bring in guest speakers to discuss social justice issues based on their research and expertise.
Dr. Luzi Shi, MRISJ Faculty Associate
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Interview with MRISJ Academic Director Dr. McGowan

In this 28-minute episode of InFocus, Dr. Kevin McGowan, Academic Director of 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.

Contact Us

Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice

161 Summer Street
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States