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

CRE2 Affiliates Convene Muñoz Reading Group

CRE2 Graduate Student Affiliates Franzi Finkenstein and Ivan Bujan are convening a reading group titled “Cruising Utopia in the 2020s” that surveys pieces of scholarly inventory inspired by José Esteban Muñoz’s queer utopian thought. To learn more, email Franzi Finkenstein and Ivan Bujan.

CRE2 Faculty Affiliate Publishes in Journal of Politics

CRE2 Faculty Affiliate Ted Enamorado recently published a new article in the Journal of Politics titled “Jailed While Presumed Innocent: The Demobilizing Effects of Pretrial Incarceration.” Read more here.

JaNiene Peoples to Present at 2022 American Public Health Association Conference

CRE2 Graduate Student Affiliate JaNiene Peoples will be presenting findings at the 2022 American Public Health Association Conference: Examining co-occurring depression and vaping among Black college students at the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more here.


Featured News

Fred Ssewamala Receives Grant to Study HIV Treatments in Uganda

CRE2 Faculty Affiliate Fred Ssewamala has received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study HIV treatments among youth in Uganda. This study could advance intervention science for HIV care globally.

Sheretta Butler-Barnes Featured in Three-Part Podcast Series

CRE2 Faculty Affiliate and Small Grant recipient Sheretta Butler-Barnes is featured in a three-part podcast series on why Black families choose to homeschool called Doin’ It Our Way.

Calvin Lai Receives Grant to Examine Empathy to Promote Social Justice

CRE2 Faculty Affiliate Calvin Lai has received a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation to examine the long-term efficacy of a new intervention program that will use empathy to promote social justice.


Washington University’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity is seeking an experienced Administrative Coordinator to manage strategic projects, direct communications, and provide executive-level support to the leadership team of the Center.