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 Faculty Affiliate Launches Database Highlighting Underrepresented Scholars of African Archaeology

Helina Woldekiros, CRE2 Faculty Affiliate and assistant professor of archaeology, and her collaborators recently launched the Bibliographic Database of African Scholarship on African Archaeology (BibDAA). The project seeks to make scholarship by African and Afrodescendant archaeologists more widely known, as one way of addressing persistent undercitation of the work of Black scholars.

CRE2 Postdoctoral Affiliate Publishes in Child Development

CRE2 Postdoctoral Affiliate Michael Park and colleagues recently published the article “Racial Discrimination and the Moderating Effects of Racial and Ethnic Socialization on the Mental Health of Asian American Youth” in Child Development. Read more here.

CRE2 Graduate Student Affiliate Coauthors New Policy Memo

CRE2 Graduate Student Affiliate Rene Canady and colleagues published the policy memo “Defining the Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statistics and Administrative Reporting.” This interdisciplinary work is meant to make researchers confront the historical use of race as a tool of injustice and alter the epistemology of race-based biomedical research. Read more here.


Featured Events


Featured News

Episode 2 of Everywhere with CRE2 Podcast Available

Critical race theory has come under attack from school boards, state legislatures, and media outlets across the U.S. Why now, what’s at stake, and how do we collectively learn and talk about the history of race and racism in the U.S.? Guest host Rebecca Wanzo, talks with Adrienne Davis about these questions and more. Listen to the first episode here.

CRE2 Partners with the Sheldon and WUSTL Music for Performance and Workshop Series

This new partnership will support conversations, master classes, workshops, and demonstrations with artists on Washington University’s Danforth Campus; increase access for students to The Sheldon; and amplify dialogue around the power of the arts to shape and inform deeper understandings of race and ethnicity.  

Kelly Schmidt joins WashU & Slavery as Postdoctoral Fellow 

Dr. Kelly Schmidt has joined WashU & Slavery as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She brings extensive knowledge and experience related to understanding and addressing the history of enslavement in St. Louis and the wider Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, including how it relates to higher education institutions.