Founded in 1992, the Center for Justice Studies is committed to facilitating research and stimulating education in justice studies. Issues of justice in today's societies arise in a wide number of disciplines, including virtually all of the social sciences and many biomedical sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and humanities. The Center for Justice Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is an effort to draw together these disparate interests specifically to encourage research on broad issues of social justice. In July 1995 the Center became the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies named for past Nevada Governor Grant Sawyer. The Center is proud to bear Governor Sawyer's name and is committed to upholding his strong commitment to civil rights and social justice.
The Center has three primary missions:
To stimulate and integrate theoretical and applied research on issues of social and interpersonal justice;
To offer and to promote educational programs in justice studies; and
To foster programs that are of service to the community, the state, and the nation on matters of justice.
The Center facilitates research by creating an interdisciplinary community of scholars for research on formal and informal aspects of social justice; by assisting in the development of proposals for external funding for research on justice; and by providing an opportunity for students in various programs to conduct data-based research on their theses and dissertations on justice issues. The Center is also committed to pursuing justice research in global arenas, and in June 1995 hosted the Vth International Conference on Social Justice Research, which was held for the first time in the United States.