Believe with us.

The name CRE2 was inspired by the imperative form of the verb creer in Spanish, cree, which means believe.

CRE2 brings the research force of Washington University to study how race and ethnicity are integral to the most complex and challenging issues of our time. We believe in field-defining research, innovative learning, and strategic engagement that will transform scholarship, policy, and clinical interventions where race and ethnicity are at the center. 

Research art

Believe in Research

We galvanize and incubate new research architectures and vocabularies, insurgent methodologies and practices, and novel interventions.

Learning art

Believe in Learning

We design next-generation learning opportunities and innovative environments that would bring our community members together.

Community Art

Believe in Community

We cultivate the cross-campus hub where local, national, and global citizens and leaders can connect, collaborate, and believe together.

Featured Research

Faculty Affiliate Michael Esposito, Postdoctoral Affiliate Savannah Larimore, and Co-director Hedwig Lee Publish in Health Affairs

Aggressive policing (or aggressive order maintenance policing) is prevalent throughout the United States, negatively affecting the health of those exposed to it. To address this public health issue, policymakers must promote greater data transparency and consider structural changes in the roles police institutions play in monitoring deviance. Read more here.

Faculty Affiliate Eliza Williamson Publishes on Obstetric Racism in Brazil in the Journal Anthropology & Medicine

In Brazil, Black women are disproportionately denied access to timely care and are made vulnerable to death by avoidable obstetric causes. However, they have not been at the center of recent initiatives to improve maternal health. Read more here.

CRE2 Launches Research Project Examining Racially and Ethnically Disparate Impacts of COVID-19

Through Colors of COVID, CRE2 affiliates have developed transdisciplinary projects that will generate new research frameworks and methodologies to capture the challenges and insights revealed by the racially and ethnically disparate impacts of COVID-19.

Featured Events


An Evening with Danielle Allen

October 7, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Featured News

Butler-Barnes Receives NSF Grant to Study Impact of Racial Violence

Faculty affiliate Sheretta Butler-Barnes has received a three-year $697,914 National Science Foundation grant for a project titled “Collaborative Research: Black Parents’ Racial Socialization Competencies and Youth Outcomes in Response to Racial Violence.”

“We’re losing generations”

Faculty affiliate and national expert on Black suicide Dr. Sean Joe speaks to the need to address the growing crisis of suicide among young people of color.

Understanding the Afghanistan Crisis

Faculty affiliate William Nomikos offers his expertise in post-conflict power-sharing agreements and factors that increase the likelihood of success in helping others understand the crisis in Afghanistan.