Racial Justice

Racial Justice


Celebrating the African Spirit presents memorials to celebrate and commemorate the contributions of Africans and their descendants to the building and growth of Poughkeepsie and the Dutchess County region, from the work of the earliest enslaved persons through today. We collaborate with other organizations and entities to provide opportunities for education and exploration, so that the entire community can learn more about this purposefully neglected and ignored aspect of American history.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Visit Poughkeepsie High School classrooms to recruit students to participate in CAS summer program & Fredrick Douglas Day
  • Program support – assist with planning events, communications, promotion, sharing ideas, and more
  • Marketing – creating social media graphics, updating the website

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with Celebrating the African Spirit? Visit here for your next steps.


Arlington Parters Against Racism is group of action-oriented anti-racist community members and parents in the Arlington Central School District dedicated to equity and institutional diversity. We amplify the voices, experiences, and needs of marginalized groups to ensure they are represented, understood, and responded to. Our focus is on race and racism. We intentionally center and support District members from marginalized racial groups. As we stand in solidarity with other groups organizing to support communities experiencing marginalization and oppression, we affirm our collective commitment to creating and maintaining a district in which all members can thrive.

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Learn about racial justice through educational policy by connecting with ArlingtON PAR. 

Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Attend organizational meetings and school board meetings
  • Analyze and write reports on data
  • Curate community events
  • Assist with social media

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with ON PAR? Visit here for your next steps.


End the New Jim Crow Action Network (E.N.J.A.N., pronounced “engine”), is a diverse group of Hudson Valley residents working locally to end the era of mass incarceration. The New York Civil Liberties Union is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to defend and promote the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers.

Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Learn more about the court system through court watch
  • Attend local court sessions
  • Support the work of E.N.J.A.N. through event planning, community outreach, social media, communications, etc.

Website | Social Media

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with E.N.J.A.N.? Visit here for your next steps.


Since 2006 the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project (MHAHP) has brought together researchers, educators, community leaders, and members of the public to conduct and synthesize research on the history of antislavery in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. They interpret and share this history with a wide array of residents and visitors in our area and place this local history in the broader contexts of racial slavery in the New World, the African-American experience, and antislavery legacies today, including the impact of this historic grassroots movement on subsequent struggles for racial and social justice.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Research/Data Management – Research the names of enslaved people, their descendants, and the slave owners; collate the information into reference documents to be shared on the website.
  • Website Design and Maintenance – this project provides an opportunity for a student to learn about the history of the slavery and antislavery movements in the Hudson Valley while redesigning the Mid-Hudson Antislavery History Project website. In addition, this update will require working with historians and community activists to ensure that the website reflects connections between the past with contemporary struggles for social and racial justice.

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with MHAHP? Visit here for your next steps.


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