The Initiative — global in scope and comparative and interdisciplinary in its approach — fosters anti-racist scholarship and artistic production by engaging with scholars, teachers, students, writers, and artists whose work
- examines various configurations of race and racism within their historical contexts
- studies the relationship between race and inequality
- recovers narratives of resistance
- celebrates the contributions of BIPOC voices to the construction of our communities
- recovers and preserves oral histories and conducts heritage preservation.
Research initiatives and opportunities will include:
- Short-term research grants for faculty and graduate students
- Research grants for undergradutes
- Scholar-in-residence program for faculty (with accompanying teaching reductions)
- Artist-in-residence program to promote the arts as a way of knowing
- Post-doctoral fellowships for recent Ph.D. graduates
- Dissertation fellowships for graduate students
- Participation in the College of Arts and Letters’ five-plus-one program
- A visiting scholars program welcoming established and emerging researchers who will spend a semester or an academic year on campus
- A Spotlight Series for faculty to showcase recent scholarly publications and artistic creations
- A bi-annual conference with rotating themes.
- State-of-the-field lectures by leading scholars from the social sciences and the humanities
- An interdisciplinary journal on the study of race and resilience
The Initiative partners with a variety of research units across campus and at other institutions.