Director's Welcome Message

It’s a New Year at CCSRE!

I write this letter on Rosh Hashanah at the beginning of fall quarter at Stanford University. That it is the Jewish new year—a time of deep reflection on the past and the future—matters for our larger mission. At the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, we strive to create a space of learning dedicated to the respectful observance of the many different (and heterogeneous) peoples, cultures, and celebrations that make us who we are now—and who we want to be in the future.

CCSRE is approaching AY 2022-2023 in a position of great strength. We have a full contingent of faculty directors and have substantially increased our staff teaching support. I am pleased that Alfredo Artiles, Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, has signed on for two additional years as Director of the Research Institute. He has scheduled some very exciting programming that we will share with you on our website and in our weekly newsletters.

I also want to welcome Steven Roberts, a courageous young psychologist who will head Academic Programs for the next three years. Steven succeeds Vaughn Rasberry, my wonderful colleague in English, who is going on to support graduate education in the VPGE. Steven has some exciting ideas about how to improve the teaching of race at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Stay tuned! I am glad to continue working with Charlotte Fonrobert (Religious Studies) as Director of the Taube Center for Jewish Studies; Teresa LaFromboise (Education) as Director of Native American Studies; Jonathan Rosa (Education) as Director of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies; Steven Sano (Music) as Director of Asian American Studies; and Matt Snipp (Sociology) as Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement.

Signal accomplishments of this past year include the hiring of David Kyuman Kim as our new Executive Director, Annie Atura Bushnell as Associate Director of Academic Programs, Amy Potemski as Center Manager, and Nina Toft Djanegara as Associate Director of the Technology and Racial Equity Initiative. We are grateful to H&S Dean Debra Satz for providing support for our new Associate Directors of Asian American, Chicana/o-Latina/o, and Native American Studies. We are thrilled to welcome Michelle Dinh this year as our AD of Asian American Studies; searches are underway to find ADs for the other two programs. We appreciate, as always, the superb energy and initiative of Heidi López, our Finance Assistant and Administrative Associate and Byron Barahona, our Student Services Specialist.

Going into the new year, we will build on our past successes as we continue to improve the quality of programming and education that CCSRE provides to the Stanford University community. We invite you all to visit us in Building 360 and to look out for some of our most exciting programming for AY 2022-2023!

Paula M. L. Moya
Faculty Director of CCSRE
Danily C. and Laura Louise Bell Professor of the Humanities
Professor, by courtesy, of Iberian and Latin American Cultures