UCLA School of Law professor Devon Carbado has been named to the first group of Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equality, a program that seeks to overcome racism and white supremacy in the United States and South Africa.
As one of 29 inaugural Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equality, Carbado will participate in mentorship, seminars and other efforts to combat racial discrimination and violence. He will also receive a monetary award to continue his leading research in the field of race and the law.
The Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law at UCLA Law, Carbado was appointed UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor of BruinX for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in 2016. A member of the UCLA Law faculty since 1997, he has often been honored as a teacher and is the co-author of Acting White? Rethinking Race in “Post-Racial” America (Oxford University Press). Carbado has also co-edited books addressing the experience of runaway slaves and the work of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. He is a core faculty member of UCLA Law’s Critical Race Studies program.
During his fellowship year, Carbado hopes to complete a book on race and police violence that will be published by the New Press.
His cohort of Atlantic Fellows includes activists, artists and other leaders at the forefront of efforts to end racism at top universities and public interest organizations in the United States and South Africa. Theirs is the first of 10 such groups that will participate in the 10-year, $60 million program, funded primarily by the Atlantic Philanthropies, the vast charitable organization that works to improve the lives of disadvantaged people across the world.
The Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity is based at Columbia University in New York and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. It is a partnership of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, the Center for Community Change and Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this outstanding group of inaugural fellows,” Carbado said. “I am looking forward to working collaboratively to address some of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time.”