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.
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. Research Project Director
Erica Licht has been engaged in racial equity and organizational change research and training for over 15 years. She is currently Research Project Director at the Institutional Antiracism and Accountability Project (IARA) at Harvard University where she leads and co-designs IARA’s projects and partnerships. Erica is a Fulbright Scholar, and holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Masters in Justice Policy from the London School of Economics where she was a Maguire Fellow.
Prior to IARA, Erica 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 and the Government Alliance for Racial Equity. 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 Lagos State University and Alternatives to Violence International in Lagos, Nigeria.
Erica is an expert facilitator, and has taught course work on justice reform at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and on adaptive leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC). She currently co-hosts the podcast Untying Knots.
Kerri Ratcliffe Senior Fellow
Kerri Ratcliffe has had a long career in finance, environmental protection, literacy advocacy and service, and more recently has been immersed in racial equity policy studies and institutional change. Her research has been conducted in collaboration with the Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability Project at the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School.
Kerri completed the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard in 2018 as a Partner. She was formerly Deputy Commissioner of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection – in charge of all water and natural resource programs, public lands, environmental justice, wildlife management and coastal regulations. Prior to her government service, she was Vice President at Morgan Stanley specializing in Commodity Finance. Kerri also lived in London, UK for 18 years. While in London, she worked with literacy programs focused on under-resourced and recent immigrant communities. Kerri holds a Master in Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Government Affairs at Syracuse University and a BA from Brown University.
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.
Sakshee Chawla Master in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School
Sakshee Chawla is a second year Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. During her time at Harvard, Sakshee has served as a Course Assistant for the course Markets and Market Failure, and a Research Assistant both at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and The Project on Workforce at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. 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.
Didier P. Dumerjean Master in Public Policy and Business Administration Candidate
Didier P. Dumerjean is a dual Master in Public Policy and Master in Business Administration candidate at the Harvard Kennedy and Harvard Business Schools. Prior to Harvard, Didier served as the Global Head of DEI for the corporate functions at Google, where he designed, implemented, and evaluated strategies aimed at attenuating disparities along lines of race and gender. He is currently a Socrates Fellow at the Aspen Institute, focusing on contemporary issues around racism, policy, and power. Didier was born in New York and raised in Haiti; his ethnic identity is a central force in his navigation of the world. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from New York University.
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
Ruhi Nath MPH
Ruhi recently graduated from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with an MPH in Health Management. During her time as a graduate student, Ruhi worked in health equity, community engaged research, access to health care, focusing on social determinants of health, and disability justice. She was a 2020 recipient of the Rose Service Learning Fellowship. Ruhi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and minor in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.
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.
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.