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About the Social Justice Research Initiative

Mission Statement

The mission of Coastal Carolina University’s Social Justice Research Initiative (SJRI) is to promote and integrate community-based research, experiential learning, and project-based community service by collaborating with diverse community partners to promote social justice and change.

Three core components comprise the SJRI’s work: education, research, and action.


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“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.”

-bell hooks

Principal Investigator

Deborah Perkins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology

227 Brittain Hall
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054