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 Events

CRE2 Virtual Launch

Watch the full program here

On October 12th, Indigenous People’s Day, CRE2 held its Virtual Launch including remarks by Chancellor Andrew D. Martin, Provost Beverly Wendland, Founding Director Adrienne Davis and a Race Center Directors’ Roundtable featuring:

Jennifer DeVere Brody –  Director, Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity; Professor of Theater and Performance Studies; Stanford

Laurent Dubois Faculty Director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics;  Professor of Romance Studies; Duke

Chandra Ford Founding Director, Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice & Health; Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Jonathan & Karin Fielding School of Public Health, University of California at Los Angeles

Darrick HamiltonFounding Director, Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification and Political Economy; Professor of Economics and Urban Policy; The New School

Steven PittiDirector, Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity and Transnational Migration; Professor of History and of American Studies; Yale

Featured Funding Opportunities

Graduate Fellows

Every year, CRE2 will name as Graduate Fellows a select group of admitted students who are interested in the study of race/and or ethnicity. Fellows will be invited to share research or creative work in process with their cohort and Center Affiliates, to attend regular Center events, to take advantage of special professional development opportunities, and to propose future Center programming. Nominations are due February 1st, 2021.

Scholar Grants

CRE2 invites proposals for projects related to the advancement of the CRE2 research mission and the 2020-2022 CRE2 Programmatic Themes. The principal aim of this program is to assist in the development of scientific, humanistic, and cultural methodologies that can aid the completion of exemplary scholarly enterprises. Proposal submissions are due March 1st, 2021.

Seed Grants

CRE2 invites proposals for projects related to the advancement of the CRE2 research mission and the 2020-2022 CRE2 Programmatic Themes. The principal aim of this program is to assist in the development of research ideas (e.g. preliminary analyses, pilot studies, conceptual schemas, archival work, etc.) that have the potential to significantly enhance scientific and cultural methodologies and to garner external research support. Proposal submissions are due March 1st, 2021.


Recipes for Respect: African American Meals and Meanings

In this HEC-TV interview about her new book, CRE2 Faculty Affiliate Rafia Zafar discusses the influence of black cooks on the way we eat.

Ignacio Sanchez Prado

The latest in a long trend

In this Washington Post OpEd, Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado sheds light on the controversy surrounding the novel, American Dirt, and highlights an industry where Mexican and Mexican American writers are often ignored and marginalized.

Bettina Drake

Racial Disparities in Covid-19 and Cancer

In this video, CRE2 affiliate Dr. Bettina Drake leads a panel discussion of physicians and public health specialists addressing racial disparities in Covid-19 and Cancer as part of the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities Virtual Town Hall.

Religion and the 2020 Election

In this piece published in Washington University’s The Source, Lerone A. Martin discusses the complex relationship between religion and politics in America and its role in the 2020 election.

Inaugural WUSM-CRE2 Grand Rounds Speaker Series

Click here to watch Truth, Transparency & Transformation: Dismantling Obstetric Racism in Hospital Births.

Adrienne Davis, Director of CRE2

Amid Reckoning Over Racial Injustice, Universities Renew Support For Black Studies

In this piece by WLRN Miami-South Florida, CRE2 founding director Adrienne Davis examines how black studies scholars have fought for more resources and autonomy for their programs — and says this is the opportunity of a generation.

Two Pandemics, One Election: Race, Identity and the Future of Democracy

Framed against the backdrop of the 2020 Vice-Presidential debate, this roundtable discussion evaluates the impact of how political candidates’ identities shape the conversation with an increasingly diverse electorate.

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