CRE2 sponsors Research Working Groups (RWGs) to support research on questions of race and ethnicity. The goal of RWGs is to incubate and generate intellectual exchange, facilitate deeper and broader understandings of the research topic, and catalyze innovative ideas about the research area. RWGs may be designed to explore potential collaborations among the group members, e.g., for grants, monographs, anthologies, or conferences; to gain a foothold on the current state of a field and potential research, data, and knowledge gaps; to deepen understanding of and develop new vocabularies for current issues or scholarly literatures; or to do preliminary work in order to design a larger CRE2 proposal.

CRE2 sponsors two kinds of RWGs. The first consists of CRE2-initiated groups, based on topical themes that are updated biennially. The second type of RWG is scholar initiated. Although CRE2 provides templates for RWGs, scholars can propose alternate formats. CRE2 will provide RWGs financial support and meeting space. This includes:

  • Assistance in securing a physical space in which the working group and its events can convene;
  • Support for reasonable expenses up to $2,000 including reading materials, photocopies, refreshments, and assistance in publicizing the RWG deliverables;
  • Up to $500 for a graduate student coordinator to assist with RWG coordination. Graduate students may be asked to: reserve rooms; schedule meetings; acquire materials; and provide research support. RWGs must follow University guidelines regarding the hourly rate for graduate students.

Working groups are valued for incubating ideas and generating debate and research about race and ethnicity. We see them as a helpful initial engagement with CRE2 and one that may help to build the teams and templates to make larger funding or other requests.

Current RWGs

Mindfulness and Anti-Racism Working Group

Todd Braver

Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Mindfulness, Self-regulation, Psychological Well-being, Brain Function, Implicit Bias, Quantitative Methods, Data Science

Diana Parra

Research Assistant Professor at the Brown School

Community Programs, Health Equity, Health Disparities, Mindfulness, Physical Activity, Urban Environments, Yoga

The WUSTL Mindfulness and Anti-Racism Working Group is an informal consortium of individuals who have come together to promote and expand mindfulness-related activities taking place at Washington University. The consortium involves five distinct cross-campus components: Research, Teaching/Education, Health & Wellness (for faculty/staff/students), Clinical/Therapeutic Interventions, and Community Outreach. This consortium is made possible through collaboration with the Washington University School of Medicine’s Mindfulness, Equity & Racial Justice working group.

Events for this Working Group:

Black Lives Matter Reading Group

Stephanie Li

Lynne Cooper Harvey Distinguished Professor of English

American Literature
Gender and Sexuality
Popular and Political Culture
Racial Representations

The goal of the Black Lives Matter Literature Research Working Group is to create a space where faculty, students, staff and community members interested in exploring contemporary writing concerning Black Lives Matter can meet to discuss and develop a vocabulary for talking about the literature of BLM. Specifically, we want to foster discussion about Black Lives Matter as a concept that unites literary, political, and historical debate across works and genres.

Events for this Working Group: