John Carlos visits the Center in February of 2023


The University of Pittsburgh School of Law is pleased to announce that, with critical startup funding of $250,000 from the Eberly Foundation and a $400,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments, the law school has established a new Civil Rights and Racial Justice Center. The Center will facilitate community-engaged teaching, research and service and serve as an active intellectual hub for students, faculty, and community members to collaborate on civil rights and racial justice projects. It will be a visible manifestation of the Law School's commitment to legal issues related to civil and human rights.

What we do

The Center serves as a convener of efforts to advance constitutional, legislative, and regulatory protections of civil rights at the federal, state, and local levels. The Center will work closely with community partners, to serve as both a laboratory and a hub for researching and recommending solutions to be adopted by local and national communities facing systemic disparities in police violence, prisons, housing, education, and health.