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The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2015 “Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award,” is critical to Arizona State University (ASU) and our community. As the nation’s largest public university, ASU is committed to delivering quality higher education to deserving students from all economic, cultural and social backgrounds. While the Center’s administrative home is in ASU’s College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, it serves as a hub of collaborative activity and interchange among several colleges, schools and departments within the university. Our objectives are to:
Explore race and institutions: (1) How institutions are affected by race; (2) How race plays a role in framing and implementing policy, and; (3) How these institutions, influenced by racial constructions, can both limit and advance freedom and equality.
Define race: Demonstrate multiple meanings and explore how these meanings frame, flow through, and define communities and the social fabric of American society.
Provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to participate in civic engagement.
Define how democracy is connected to race and can serve as a platform for affecting change.
The CSRD is the only organization in the State of Arizona and one of a very few organizations in the United States that offers citizens access to scholarly research, interdisciplinary study, discourse and debate and advocacy on cutting-edge issues related to race and democracy. Our programs, events and services are successful because they reach key community institutions that include media, businesses, government, community colleges, universities, community-based, non-profit and faith-based organizations. Some of our work with these groups also includes understanding culture and building community, anti-racism training and conflict resolution. The diversity of individuals that participate in and attend our programming includes different races and ethnicities, women, men, young adults, youth, seniors and individuals with disabilities.
We strive to:
Provide safe and inclusive environments in which to question one’s own assumptions as well as those of other participants
Amplify diverse voices and increase the number of allies that may find common ground to complex issues
Train emerging leaders in the necessity of effective anti-racism work
Most people have never experienced programming quite like what we offer. Our goal is to advance democracy and increase the collective awareness of and appreciation for inclusion and the vibrant diversity in our society. We believe that helping people just to acknowledge these concepts can contribute to the dismantling of myths and stereotypes with regard to race, ethnicity, class, gender, culture, immigrants and sexual orientation. For people who value diversity and inclusion and are willing to consider a wider worldview, there is nothing like the experience of being associated with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.