The Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) is the fifth, and newest, interdisciplinary academic center at the College. The Center is the hub for researching and teaching race and ethnicity across the disciplines. By focusing on comparative race and ethnic studies, the Center recognizes the multiple social, historical, cultural, religious, and political contexts that have shaped the construction of racial and ethnic groups.

CCSRE is a genuinely unique initiative among liberal arts colleges that stands in continuity with, and elaborates on, the College's tradition and values of cultivating young people to engage in the full array of human experiences.

Among the central foci of the work of the CCSRE:

  • Comparative Study of Racialization
  • Immigration and Labor
  • Globalization and Transnationalism
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Education
  • Legacies of Slavery across the Americas
  • Collective Memory and Historical Traumas (e.g., Holocaust, Jim Crow south, Internment of Japanese Americans, Global Genocides)
  • Histories of Indigenous Groups and Traditions of New England
  • Intersections of Race and Gender in the Workplace
  • Diasporas
  • Comparative History of Racial and Ethnic Groups
  • Race, Ethnicity, and the Environment