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

CRE2 Postdoctoral Affiliate Curates (Un)masking Health: Counter Perspectives 

As the United States continues to navigate both an ongoing health pandemic and an epidemic of racism, public health officials and media outlets are bombarding us with conflicting advice about how to protect our well-being. The research and policies related to these recommendations, however, often fail to address racism as a health problem too. Ivan Bujan, CRE2 Postdoctoral Affiliate, curates an exhibition exploring these themes. Read more here.

CRE2 Faculty Affiliate Awarded Research Working Group Grant

Jorge Llibre-Guerra, Assistant Professor of Neurology and CRE2 Faculty Affiliate, was awarded a Research Working Group grant in the amount of $2,500 for “Increasing Sustained Diversity in Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials.” Read more here.

Power Lab Funded through CRE2 Innovation Space

Affiliates Michael Esposito, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Savannah Larimore, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology, were awarded a CRE2 Innovation Space grant in the amount of $5,000 for “Power Lab.” Read more here.

Featured Events


RE: Ebony and Jet

February 17, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Featured News

Episode 4 of Everywhere with CRE2 Podcast Available

In the spring semester of 2021, Washington University joined the Universities Studying Slavery consortium, launching the WashU & Slavery Project. In this episode, CRE2 Co-Director William Acree talks with Geoff Ward, the project director, and postdoctoral fellow Kelly Schmidt about initial research goals, student engagement, and how WashU & Slavery will contribute to a greater understanding of the legacies of enslavement in St. Louis and the broader region. Listen to the episode here.

CRE2 Announces Rotating Studios for for 2022 and 2023

As a core funding opportunity central to our learning pillar, CRE2 offers two types of Studios: (1) Rotating Graduate Studios and (2) Rotating Undergraduate Studios. We recently announced three new Rotating Studios from Professors Stephanie Li, John Early and Noah Cohan, and Neal Patwari coming in 2022 and 2023. Read more about them here.

Racial Equity in Alzheimer’s Research Focus of $7 Million in Grants

Two research teams led by CRE2 Faculty Affiliates, one led by Joyce Balls-Berry and another led jointly by Darrel Hudson and Ganesh Babulal, have received a combined $7 million in grants to support efforts to bring more Black Americans into Alzheimer’s research. Read more here.