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 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

Announcing the 2022 CRE2 Seed Grants

Congratulations to Jesse Davis, Tyriesa Howell, Margot Moinester, Illana Seff, Lindsay Stark, Brian Crisp, and Matthew Gabel! Read more here.

Announcing the 2022 CRE2 Scholar Grants

Congratulations to Miguel Valerio, Carrie Coughlin, and S. Richard Dunham! Read more here.

Announcing the 2022 CRE2 Washington University Student Paper Awards

Congratulations to Rithvik Ramesh for winning the Award for Best Undergraduate Research Paper Engaging St. Louis, and to Meredith Kelling and Jeremy Siow for winning the Awards for Best Graduate Research Papers in Race/Ethnicity! Read more here.


Featured News

LISTEN: Episode 7 of Everywhere with CRE2 Podcast

In this episode, guest host Geoff Ward is joined by Gabi Senno, Sabine Eckmann, Meredith Malone to discuss curatorial research and Senno’s insights into the sociopolitical history and context of the late 19th-century founding of the Kemper Museum. Listen here.

Announcing the Winners of the Inaugural CRE2 St. Louis High School Paper Awards

In our inaugural year, we received more than 80 submissions from students across the St. Louis region. Three students—Sakenah Lajkem, Tariq Lashley, and Marlee Williams—won awards, with 11 receiving Honorable Mentions.  Read more here.

University Joins Digital Initiative SlaveVoyages

Washington University in St. Louis has joined SlaveVoyages, a collaborative digital initiative that compiles records related to the transatlantic slave trade. William Acree, co-director of CRE², says membership provides university faculty and students an opportunity to both benefit from and contribute to SlaveVoyages’ critical scholarship. Read more here.