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.