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Director's Welcome Message


For nearly twenty five  years, the Center has served as  Stanford's place to debate, discuss and develop questions about race, equity and justice. Interdisciplinarity and intersectionality are at the heart of our mission. We believe that multiple lenses are needed to reveal the complex dynamics of racism, difference, power and knowledge. At CCSRE we understand that race and ethnicity affect every idea and interaction -- that each invocation of key words such as citizenship, gender, sexuality, health, technology, law, literature, policing, economics, social media, or housing  encodes race, gender and ethnicity.  All of us at the Center work to foster meaningful dialogue about the myriad ways that race and ethnicity are part of our lived experience and theoretical ideas. More importantly,  we look to improve race relations on campus in conjunction with our partners in other departments, in our community engaged learning classes, in the region and well beyond the University. We hope that you will join us for our many exciting classes, lectures, workshops and events which focus on dismantling hierarchies of race and ethnicity and mobilizing knowledge in the creation of a more just and equitable world. We believe that our mission is an urgent one in our era of competing ethnic nationalisms, white supremacy,  rapid technological change, mass incarceration, unprecedented population shifts due to climate change and growing economic disparities.