Advancing social justice and racial equity in the public sector

Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, Brandi Blessett, Julie Burr

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This article argues that the integration of race-conscious dialogues in public administration programs will promote racial and social justice, as well as improve service delivery for a wide array of constituents. Scholars have acknowledged the challenges associated with incorporating racial justice into public sector practices. However, if racial divisions are to subside, academic and professional training programs need to purposefully include discussions of race, racism, and racial equity. This article concludes with a discussion of way to incorporate an antiracist pedagogy in public administration curriculum. This strategy can begin preparing future administrators to thoughtfully engage in difficult dialogues around topics of race and racism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-468
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Public Affairs Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Black Lives Matter
  • racial equity social equity
  • social justice


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