About

The Institutional Antiracism and Accountability (IARA) Project is an initiative of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School directed by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. The goal of this enterprise is to use research, clinical knowledge and policy interventions to promote antiracism as a core value and institutional norm. IARA proposes to further explore and examine how understanding and engaging with institutional history impacts organizations when forging a path forward for racial equity. While the field of racial equity and antiracism is not new, it remains underdeveloped within the context of applied knowledge and implementation for organizational behavior and institutional change. 

To this end, IARA has built this online portal of antiracism policy research and organizational publications called the “Race, Research and Policy Portal” or RRAPP.  The purpose of RRAPP is to create a central repository for research and publications related to antiracist policy to foster sustainable organizational and institutional change. By building and maintaining a race research policy portal and providing practitioners easy access to significant materials we hope to increase the representation of this work in the classroom, student work, educational curriculum, organizations, and policy development. 

RRAPP Leadership

Khalil Gibran Muhammad Faculty Director, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies.

Professor Muhammad is the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. He is the author of award-winning The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard), and contributor to a National Research Council study, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences (2014). He serves on a number of boards, including the Vera Institute of Justice and the Museum of Modern Art.

Dr. Miriam Aschkenasy Program Director

Miriam Aschkenasy is a Board Certified, fellowship trained Emergency Medicine Physician and an expert in global humanitarian response and operations in low-resource settings. She has a Master in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, with a certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision Science. After obtaining her MPA, she shifted focus to work on issues of institutional and historical racism. Dr. Aschkenasy has worked extensively both within academic institutions, and with national and international organizations including Oxfam America, The World Health Organization, International Medical Corps, American Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control on operations and program implementation.

Erica Licht MPA, MSc. Senior Fellow

Erica Licht has been engaged in racial equity and organizational change research and training for the last decade. She holds a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master in Justice Policy from the London School of Economics. Prior she served as Assistant Director at the Center on Culture, Race, and Equity at Bank Street College in New York City and as a Fellow with Race Forward. Her career has focused on collaborative community and institutional change programs globally, including consulting with the Center for Creative Leadership in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Lemann Foundation in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and as a Fulbright Scholar in Lagos, Nigeria. She currently co-hosts the podcast “Untying Knots” housed at IARA and the Shorenstein Center.

Kerri Ratcliffe Consultant

Kerri Ratcliffe has had an extensive career working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.  In 2018, she was a Partner in the Harvard Advanced Leadership Program with a focus on racial equity.  While living in London from 1999-2017 she specialized in literacy programming and environmental advocacy work.   She was formerly Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection,  and prior to that worked at Morgan Stanley &Co and HSBC.   She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from Brown University.

Editor

Morgan Brewton-Johnson Master in Public Policy and Master in Business candidate

Morgan Brewton-Johnson is a dual Master in Public Policy and Master in Business candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School. Before coming to Harvard, Morgan worked as a management consultant in New York City on both corporate and social impact cases. Morgan is passionate about issues of identity, power, and equity, and has written on these topics for publications including WBUR and the Harvard Business Review. Morgan received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she minored in Global Health Policy and Values and Public Life.

Technical Writers

Sakshee Chawla Master in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

Sakshee Chawla is a first year Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to studying public policy at HKS, Sakshee worked at an education research firm where she studied topics including student success, retention, and equity. She most recently developed a toolkit for universities to promote student and faculty mental health, as well as analyzed learning loss expected from school closures during the coronavirus pandemic. Sakshee grew up in New Delhi, India and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology from Smith College.

Daniel Estupiñan Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School

Daniel Estupiñan is a second year Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School. During his time at the Kennedy School, Daniel has served as a Research Assistant at the Carr Center for Human Rights, and as the Senior Editor of the HKS Journal of Hispanic Policy. While serving as a Technical Writer at the Shorenstein Center, Daniel will also be serving as the Co-Editor in Chief of the HKS Journal of Hispanic Policy. Moving forward, Daniel plans to pursue a Ph.D., where he plans to study the role that local and state institutions play in perpetuating disparities in outcomes within public education.

Tyrone Fleurizard Master of Education in Education Policy and Management at Harvard Graduate School of Education

Tyrone Fleurizard is a graduate student in education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to Harvard, he was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia where he taught English and facilitated English language immersion programming for secondary and pre-university students. He writes on topics related to education, psychology, and race, and has bylines in outlets such as Inside Higher Ed and Fulbright Malaysia. Tyrone earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. You can find him on Twitter @tyrone_af

Becky Mer Master in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

Becky Mer is pursuing a Master in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a Graduate Fellowship for Emerging Leaders through the HKS Center for Public Leadership. Her prior work includes public defense investigation, harm reduction outreach, prison arts and education, criminal justice policy organizing, and international research. Becky completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University and the University of Oxford.

Penny Sun MPH Candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Penny Sun is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health in global health with a certificate in leadership from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has previously worked with the Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam on projects related to health systems and workforce strengthening and with the Hung Lab at the Broad Institute on projects related to the latent phase of M. Tuberculosis. Ms. Sun graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and concentration in public health.

As a Technical Writer for the IARA Project, Ms. Sun is excited to learn about and interrogate research on best practices for systematic and organizational anti-racism work, and to democratize learnings to practitioners and implementors.

Acknowledgments

The IARA project would like to thank Ken Miller and Lybess Sweezy for their generous contribution and the Harvard Culture Innovation Lab grant which has made this portal possible. We would also like to thank the Woman and Public Policy program’s Gender Action Portal (GAP) for their assistance, encouragement, and support. 

The IARA project would also like to acknowledge and thank Liz Schwartz and Anisha Asundi for their valuable work and assistance.

RRAPP’s website was designed and developed by Extra Small Design.