Center for Race and Gender is an interdisciplinary research and
community outreach center at the University of California Berkeley
dedicated to fostering explorations of race and gender and their
intersections. It is virtually unique within the academic community
in its focus on both race and gender. Its aim is to foster collegial
support and exchange among faculty and students throughout the university
and between the university and nearby communities of color. Among
other activities, the Center will develop research projects and
organize working groups, conferences, colloquia, and workshops on
topics relevant to issues of race and gender. It will seek to form
links with community groups and research centers at other universities.
It will support development of outside funding for research projects
and FOR publication and dissemination of research findings. The
Center aspires to making a meaningful contribution to discussions
of issues and policies affecting women and men of color at the national
and international levels.
The creation of the Center for Race and Gender by the Chancellor
of the University of California, Berkeley on January 1, 2001, marked
a major step forward by the University in recognition of significant
new realities in the State of California and within the university
Since its founding 134 years ago, U.C. Berkeley has grown into one
of the foremost public universities in the nation and has become
an internationally recognized center of teaching and research in
the natural and social sciences and humanities. U.C. Berkeley has
served the State of California in many ways: intellectually, culturally,
and economically. But in recent decades, the racial composition
of the State has changed profoundly, and the Berkeley student body
has mirrored this change by enrolling much greater numbers of Native
American, African American, Latino, and Asian American students.
Yet the university's faculty, administration, course offerings,
and funding allocations lagged behind the needs and circumstances
of the State's population and the new composition of Berkeley students.
Accordingly, in the great tradition of Berkeley student activism,
in 1999 a group of students demanded, via direct action, that the
university address a variety of issues, including failure to allocate
faculty positions to the Department of Ethnic Studies and insufficient
support for research relating to people of color.
between the university, the students, and others, committed the
university to take certain actions, one of which was the establishment
of a new interdisciplinary research center. Although many other
universities had already established centers focusing on specific
ethnic groups, and a handful had established broader-based centers
focusing on people of color, the decision by U.C. Berkeley to include
gender as an integral component in the new center's mission, put
it in the vanguard. The recognition of the close linkages and intersections
between race and gender inequality and oppression enabled the university
to create a unique new entity - the Center for Race and Gender (CRG).
CRG in the news:
2/28/01- Berkeleyan article about CRGs beginnings