The Institute for Healing Justice and Equity aims to eliminate disparities in individual and community health and well-being caused by systemic oppression through research, training, community engagement, and policy change.

Our Vision

Through research, training, community engagement, and public policy development, the Institute will help build equitable communities by assessing and promoting best practices that foster healing from social injustice, trauma, and oppression.

The Institute’s work will lead to the evaluation of equity initiatives, curation and dissemination of current practices, knowledge creation of best practices, and systems change to eliminate oppression.

Our History

The origins of this new Institute lie in an internal Big Ideas competition to define university-wide strategic research priorities. The Institute for Healing Justice and Equity is the latest major initiative supported by the Saint Louis University Research Institute.


“Knot of Reconciliation”

Our logo is inspired by the Mpatapo, the 7th century Ghanaian Adinkra symbol of reconciliation and peacemaking, represents the bond or knot that binds parties in a dispute to a peaceful, harmonious reconciliation. It is a symbol of peacemaking after strife. 

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St. Louis, Missouri


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