Sociologist Calvin Zimmermann
Sociologist Calvin Zimmermann examines how systems of race, class, and gender affect the school and familial experiences of young Black children.

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 undergraduates
  • 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.