The Institute accomplishes its work by the following:
- Promoting exemplary diversity models through scholarship, teaching, engagement across constituencies, and efficacious, innovative action.
- Weaving together scholarship and action in order to reduce racism and improve pedagogical practices at all educational levels.
- Building alliances throughout the university and community.
- Collaborating with individuals, groups, and organizations on campus and in the community to research, develop, promote, celebrate, and support programs consistent with the mission of the Institute.
- Developing ongoing processes for individuals as teachers and learners to recognize and address personal and structural racism.
- Establishing processes to examine how racism threatens our ongoing work, and attending to tensions within the Institute so as to ensure its stability and permanence.
- Supporting projects that benefit and attract the participation and interest of national and international audiences and that bring national recognition to the university as a leader in the dialogue on race and pedagogy.
- Pursuing the strategies above in part by staging of a National Conference on Race and Pedagogy every four years.