Launched this May, the center is staffed by faculty from a range of disciplines, including history, American ethnic studies, sociology and others.
The center will focus on research and teaching, and facilitate lectures and collaborative projects between departments. It also will work to foster better communication between students and faculty on the best ways to talk about race, diversity and equity.
Long-term goals include finding ways to encourage students of color to pursue careers in academia and pursuing close relationships with diverse communities in the Seattle area.
To see the Center’s work in action, watch this clip from the recent forum, “From Rodney King to Michael Brown: Media’s Impact on the Portrayal of Black Males.”