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Center on Race, Immigration & Social Justice California State University, Sacramento

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2020 - 2021 Programming

Please find below a list of current or upcoming CRISJ-related or -sponsored events on or for the Sacramento State community.

Interested in a previous event? Please see our comprehensive Past Events Archive.

Flyer for opening featuring art by Jose Guerrero
Jose Guerrero. “The Dream Is Not For You,” mixed media painting.

Un/Equal Freedoms Exhibition Trailer

Un/Equal Freedoms Exhibition May 13

Virtual Launch Party

Thursday, May 13th

Image: Kachiside Madu

Un/Equal Freedoms: Expressions for Social Justice is a multidisciplinary exhibition of art and prose reckoning with the unequal freedoms embedded in our social structures.

Representing work by professional and emerging artists, individuals and groups, students and community members, the group offers artistic expressions for social justice, laying bare these unequal freedoms. Themes include:

  • Empowering marginalized voices,
  • representing forward action,
  • Offering a vision for an improved society.

CRISJ Podcast "Building Justice" Launching Fall 2021!

podcast logo

CRISJ is in the process of creating a podcast series titled, “Building Justice.” The series will contain informal conversations that explore race, immigration, and social justice. The podcast series will feature a piece of original musical composition from a contest among students and community artists.

Too Close to Slavery: Essential Labor in California Agriculture

At Sacramento State, the Center on Race, Immigration, and Social Justice (CRISJ) hosted a zoom forum Too Close to Slavery: Essential Workers in California Agriculture on April 7th, 2021.

Farm labor conditions are harsh in California agriculture, and became even more so during the pandemic period — as the COVID 19 infections have hit hard farm workers given their housing and working circumstances. This forum addressed farm workers' labor conditions, their centrality to the wealth of California, what can be done to improve their lives beyond the fields, and what are some of the immediate resources available to them and to their advocates.

Featured scholars, community leaders, and artists who through their work help us understand, empathize and mobilize on behalf of farm working communities.

For more information please contact Dr. Manuel Barajas, Professor of Sociology, or

Too close to slavery forum image

Community Empowerment Faire

CRISJ hosted on March 17th, 2021 a zoom community empowerment faire that brought together community partners involved in social and environmental justice with the campus community. This event showcased the great work community partners are doing, and it created learning/service opportunities for students and campus community to collaborate and support each others efforts.

For more information please contact Dr. Stan Oden, Professor of Political Science, or