CSRPC is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to promoting engaged scholarship and debate around the topics of race and ethnicity.
From the Center's inception, faculty, students, and staff who have been involved with it have been committed to establishing a new type of research institute devoted to the study of race and ethnicity, one that seeks to expand the study of race beyond the black/white paradigm while exploring social and identity cleavages within racialized communities. Scholars affiliated with the Center have also endeavored to make race and ethnicity central topics of intellectual investigation at the University of Chicago by fostering interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public debate among students and faculty. Fundamentally, the Center is committed to producing engaged scholarship that rejects the false dichotomy between rigorous intellectual work and community activism. It seeks, instead, to contribute intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that can help people transform their thinking and their lives.