CRE2 Rotating Graduate Studio (Credits, variable) 

Studio Description

This graduate-level seminar will be offered by a CRE2 Faculty Affiliate. Team-taught courses are also eligible and encouraged to apply. 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 experience. 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 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.


Any CRE2 Faculty Affiliate teaching graduate or professional school students in fields related to the study of race/ethnicity can apply for the Rotating Graduate Studio. All proposals are welcome; however, we especially encourage those with new courses and experiences to apply. You can also propose learning innovations to an existing course. The course must be open to graduate/professional students outside of the Faculty Affiliate’s department.

Grant Submission, Notification, and Award Period

Proposal submissions for the Rotating Graduate Studio in academic year 2024–2025 will be due by October 16, 2023. The Studio Award will be announced in November 2023.

Proposal Format

Applications should include the following: 

  • The CRE2 cover sheet with your chair or dean’s signature. If applying to team teach, each applicant must submit a separate cover sheet.
  • A three-page current CV  
  • Course description and abbreviated syllabus or course outline
  • Proposal of up to 800 words
Review and Selection

The following criteria will be used in evaluating the proposals by an appointed Rotating Graduate Studio Selection Committee:

1. The overall quality and significance of the proposed engagement;

2. The usefulness of the Studio in expanding the University’s course offerings in the study of race/ethnicity;

3. The usefulness of the Studio at this stage in the applicant’s career trajectory, including their overall research program; and

4. The potential of the proposed work to advance the broader study of race/ethnicity

Monitoring and Grantee Obligations

The Center’s Associate Director will monitor progress on Rotating Graduate Studios. Grantees will provide an expense report upon request. Grantees will submit a final progress report including any grant proposals, publications, exhibitions, or other scholarly products submitted or in preparation within one (1) month after the end date of their Studio period and will notify CRE2 of any proposals, exhibitions, and other scholarly products subsequently submitted or awarded/accepted. Grantees’ will acknowledge the CRE2 Rotating Graduate Studio program using the statement, “This work has been funded by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity at Washington University in St. Louis Rotating Graduate Studio program.”

Cover Sheet

Before applying, please download the cover sheet to be signed by your department chair or Dean. You will be asked to upload the completed and signed coversheet during the application process:

Fall 2023 Rotating Graduate Studio

Social and Economic Development Practicum

Molly Metzger

Molly Metzger

Senior Lecturer, Brown School

antiracist policy community land trusts community organizing economic justice fair housing housing justice tax incentives

Course description:

The Practicum Seminar is a fundamental component of the practicum curriculum and allows students to apply theoretical models in the practice setting. The seminar course aims to integrate what students learn in their curriculum and practicum settings through an experiential learning process. Students are encouraged to share their experiences and demonstrate professional development by recognizing skills, competencies, and evidence-based practice models. This format provides the framework to supports socialization into the practicum setting.

The integrative foundation field seminar fosters a supportive learning environment, enhancing social work practice skills through various experiential activities, such as self-reflection, case studies, interactive discussions, and student-facilitated groups. Also, students will build competence in self-awareness, social work practice, diversity, ethical issues, decision-making, and professionalism.

Fall 2022 Rotating Graduate Studio

The Literature of Black Lives Matter

Stephanie Li

Stephanie Li

Lynne Cooper Harvey Distinguished Professor of English

American Literature Blackness Gender and Sexuality Popular and Political Culture Racial Representations Whiteness

Course description:

Black Lives Matter has emerged as the most consequential social movement of our time. This course will explore African American writing published since the hashtag blacklivesmatter galvanized a global uprising following the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. As we read contemporary Black essays, memoirs, and poetry, we will consider how aspects of BLM as a political movement are reflected in the literature of this period, specifically its decentralized leadership structure, intersectional approach to identity and social justice, and emphasis on memorializing the dead. This course will also draw upon the experience and expertise of local BLM activists as we engage with issues at the forefront of racial justice in the St. Louis metro area.  

Spring 2021 Rotating Graduate Studio

Alternative Atlas: St. Louis

Linda C. Samuels

Linda C. Samuels

Associate Professor of Urban Design

Alternative metrics, Mapping, Resilience, Spatial Justice, Urban Design

Geoff Ward

Geoff Ward

Director, WashU & Slavery; Professor of African and African American Studies; Sociology (Affiliate); American Culture Studies (Affiliate)

Histories of Racial Violence, Legacies, and Reckonings; Visual Redress; Youth Justice; Policing and Courts

Walter Johnson

Winthrop Professor of History and African and African American studies at Harvard University

Course Description:

This collaborative seminar will intentionally combine diverse epistemological frameworks to broaden the understanding of race and spatial relationships in each of the partner disciplines, and to inform our collaborative development of an Alternative Atlas for St. Louis. Whereas traditional atlases claim some degree of neutrality and objectivity – clearly impossible in any mapping – the Alternative Atlas overtly exposes, decodes and displays silenced truths. Content shared across the three courses will fuel projects and partnerships that emerge from the collaboration. Students in the Sam Fox course will be responsible  for mapping the core of the Alternative Atlas project.

Sites of Wounding / Sites of Healing is the “first page” of an Alternative Atlas for St. Louis, leading to new ways of thinking, seeing, being and thus making the city through fugitive mapping. It accumulates the violent injustices (red) and liberator memory-work (yellow) and overlays them on the changing racial composition of the city to expose the palimpsestic urban landscape of St. Louis.

Sites of Wounding / Sites of Healing illustrates how the history of St. Louis consists of more than just points on a timeline or locations on a map. By collapsing both the past and future into the present, this juxtaposition of sites of racial meaning shows how inheritances of violence, oppression, and pain commingle with the emergent possibilities for liberation, growth, and joy.

Mapping credit: Bomin Kim

Photo: Submissions of Map 0 – A Memory or Mental Map of your Current City