Founded in 2007, the Center for Institutional and Social Change undertakes multi-method, collaborative research projects with innovative institutions and individuals pursuing full participation and institutional citizenship goals, within and across specific institutional settings. Our research methodology includes qualitative and participatory action research, surveys, network and stakeholder mapping, and collaborative inquiry.

The Center facilitates strategic visioning and mapping work with groups, institutions and networks involved in advancing full participation and that seek to broaden their impact and build their capacity to participate in institutional and systems change. Strategic visioning provides a collaborative, multi-level systems framework for designing and assessing programs and initiatives, and produces collective vision, narratives, language, strategies, and metrics designed to enable lasting impact. The mapping process identifies strategic opportunities for institutional change by identifying the “action arenas” where the interest, need, collaborative leadership, and leverage points converge.

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Activating Systemic Change Toward Full Participation: The Pivotal Role of Boundary Spanning Institutional Intermediaries, Susan Sturm

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Constructing the Practices of Accountability and Professionalism: A Comment on In the Interests of Justice, Susan Sturm

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Equality and the Forms of Justice, Susan Sturm

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Lawyers and the Practice of Workplace Equity, Susan Sturm

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Learning from Conflict: Reflections on Teaching About Race and Gender, Susan Sturm and Lani Guinier

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Reframing Affirmative Action: From Diversity to Mobility and Full Participation, Susan P. Sturm

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Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach, Susan Sturm

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The Architecture of Inclusion: Advancing Workplace Equity in Higher Education, Susan Sturm

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The Architecture of Inclusion: Interdisciplinary Insights on Pursuing Institutional Citizenship, Susan Sturm

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The Future of Affirmative Action: Reclaiming the Innovative Deal, Susan Sturm and Lani Guinier

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Where Will Women Lawyers Be in 25 Years?, Frances E. Bivens, Joan Guggenheimer, Nancy Northrup, Susan Sturm, and Judith Reinhardt Thoyer

Book Chapters

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Linked Fate: Justice and the Criminal Legal System During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Susan P. Sturm, Faiz Pirani, Hyun Kim, Natalie Behr, and Zachary D. Hardwick

Reports

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Leading with Conviction: The Transformative Role of Formerly Incarcerated Leaders in Reducing Mass Incarceration, Susan Sturm and Haran Tae

Working Papers

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International Union, U.A.W. v. Johnson Controls: The History of Litigation Alliances and Mobilization to Challenge Fetal Protection Policies, Caroline Bettinger-Lopez and Susan P. Sturm

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The Architecture of Inclusion: Advancing Workplace Equity in Higher Education, Susan P. Sturm

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The Architecture of Inclusion: Interdisciplinary Insights on Pursuing Institutional Citizenship, Susan P. Sturm

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The Law School Matrix: Reforming Legal Education in a Culture of Competition and Conformity, Susan P. Sturm and Lani Guinier