Issues raised by race and ethnicity are two of the most challenging, pervasive, and intractable of our time. The St. Louis region is a research destination for scholars tackling issues of race and ethnicity. In academic year 2021-2022, CRE2 will inaugurate a suite of courses to introduce undergraduates and graduate students to this pioneering research. Courses will engage students in both the substantive issues of our time, as well as the range of methodological approaches to the study of race and/or ethnicity.
At the same time, by offering students opportunities outside the classroom for mentoring, engagement, and career mapping, CRE2 hopes to encourage more students to pursue studies in the vibrant fields of race and ethnicity research, teaching, and learning.
CRE2 Beyond Boundaries
CRE2 will soon be inviting faculty across disciplines and schools to work with us to design two signature undergraduate courses related to race and/or ethnicity—a first-year Beyond Boundaries course and an upper-level Beyond Boundaries seminar course. We will provide small stipends to faculty members who collaborate with CRE2 to design and propose these courses, with a plan to inaugurate them in academic year 2021-2022.
Research Methods Courses
CRE2 will offer a series of three research methods courses that will allow students to critically engage with the study of race and ethnicity both independently and via team-based approaches. The first course in the sequence will be aimed at first years, sophomores, and juniors who will take part in a small seminar to learn the methods of inquiry used across different disciplines to study race and ethnicity. Students in this class will be preparing to work the following semester in one of other two courses in the series, either a mentored independent research project or a mentored team/lab/studio/clinic. Students in these courses will be actively engaged by CRE2 faculty in mentoring and in the activities of the CRE2.
CRE2 Graduate Rotating Studio
This graduate-level seminar will be offered by a CRE2 Faculty Affiliate or Affiliates for team-taught courses. CRE2 will fund the Studio in an amount up to $5,000. Studio funding may be used to create a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative graduate engagement. Examples include invitations to leading scholars from across the country and world to engage with their course; creating a lab experience with local organizations and stakeholders; generating a range of collaborative outcomes that go beyond the traditional seminar paper, such as a Black Paper, an exhibit, media (podcasts, op-eds, revised Wiki entries), a database, etc. The Studio should follow the mission of CRE2 to develop insurgent methodologies, new vocabularies and grammars, and expand conversations about the study of race, ethnicity, and/or equity.