Message from the Director

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At the heart of the possibility for creating a just world lies the quality and depth of our understanding about the histories and present day formations of race, ethnicity, and indigenous communities.

Dear Friends,

This was a dynamic and exciting year. We presented an extensive pallet of events, research seminars, exhibits, and more, tackling a range of issues from many disciplinary perspectives. It was energizing to work with colleagues on programs and thrilling to see so many students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff, and community members at our events. 

In addition to our now signature programs, we managed to find time to develop new collaborations including a series on race and health disparity featuring senior scholars and innovative health practitioners. We continue to work with our colleagues across all disciplines to develop and highlight important work being done on race and ethnicity in America. 

Issues of race and ethnicity pervade every aspect of American life. Bias often structures what we think are meritocratic processes. Evidence-based research that works to expose bias and discrimination, and offers viable solutions toward changing these practices, is at the core of our mission. Equally central to our work is the support of research that demonstrates the resilience and creativity of the human spirit. The more we know about the perils and practices of inequality and injustice, and about the extraordinary ingenuity of people working together for change, the greater our chances of realizing a more just, diverse society.

A round of thanks is due! We thank the Brown and Providence communities for their interest in and support of our events and programs. Our work is made possible by the dedicated and excellent staff at CSREA, and is buoyed by the active support and expertise of our student, faculty, and external advisory boards. 

CSREA looks forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and we hope you’ll visit our past events on our YouTube channel. As always, we will continue our work as a publicly accessible research-based, collaborative space where tackling the issues of race and ethnicity is at the heart of the conversation.  

Tricia Rose
Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America
Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies
Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives

P.S. The work of the Center requires resources and sustained financial support. As a funding priority in the BrownTogether campaign, CSREA is poised to become a more generative force in fueling the discovery of new modes of thinking by faculty, artists, and community leaders on the most pressing social, political, and cultural concerns in contemporary society. We hope you’ll consider supporting our work


Necessary Dialogue
Making a dynamic space for thoughtful and timely discourse about race and ethnicity.
Brown University 2013 Annual Report