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Washington University Opens Center to Study Race and Ethnicity

A new center will open its doors at the Washington University in St. Louis to research and study various issues related to race, ethnicity and equity.

The inter- and trans disciplinary Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity will work on facilitating new collaborations and creating new scholarships to further advance research already underway in these fields.

It will also primarily support student research within the realm of Asian-American, Latinx and comparative race and ethnicity studies, as well as host visiting scholars.

“The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity will promote path-breaking research that deepens knowledge and shapes national dialogue; facilitate student learning; and provide an infrastructure for our faculty members to engage in public discourse and policy design both locally and regionally,” chancellor-elect Andrew D. Martin said.

Recommended by a 23-member task force that was formed as part of the university’s work of the Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, the center represents an effort to better utilize the university’s strengths in the social, economic, and health disparity research areas.

“The task force articulated a strong and compelling framing for the center,” Martin added. “It is clear that a more cohesive and concentrated focus in the areas of race, ethnicity and equity will benefit not only our students and faculty, but also our local and national community.”

Adrienne Davis, vice provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law will serve as the director of the center.

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