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.

CRE2 Highlights

William Acree WashU

Acree appointed interim co-director of race, equity center

We are thrilled to announce William Acree, professor of Spanish, has been appointed to interim Co-director of our Center. Acree has served as an associate director since Chancellor Andrew D. Martin announced our center’s founding in 2019.

“Billy Acree is an ideal partner to serve in this new role. He has been a principal architect of the center’s design and mission from the very beginning, with the Commission Task Force’s work, and was a guiding force in the development of CRE2’s pillars.” – Adrienne Davis, founding director of CRE2

Read more in this press release.

CRE2 welcomes Chancellor’s Career Fellow

CRE2 is excited to welcome Princess Offei-Dua, a Chancellor’s Career Fellow for the summer 2021. The Chancellor’s Career Fellowship was launched in 2020 to provide “undergraduates with career-oriented opportunities without financial limitations. Among the 61 students selected for the inaugural class of fellows”. Princess is a rising junior in the College of Arts and Sciences and is majoring in sociology.

Belonging in Opera

Join CRE2 as we launch a multi-year exploration of race and opera.

On April 6 and April 13, 2021, co–presenters Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Washington University’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity presented “Belonging in Opera: Learning from Our Past, Engaging with Our Future.” This two-night symposium, led by Dr. Naomi André, explored the history of Black composers and the current and future landscape of Black creativity in opera and adjacent spaces. If you missed it, please be sure to watch the recordings below!

Belonging in Opera: Part 1
Belonging in Opera: Part 2