Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations
The UNF Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnic Relations (SRER) was created in 2015 as an inter-disciplinary research institute on the study of racial inequality that is centered on the local and southeast region, but equally attentive to the broader impact in our national and international communities. Grounded within the core principles of research, education and public scholarship, this endeavor aims to foster critical and creative thinking, conduct and facilitate empirically based research, and promote and support public scholarship on issues surrounding race, racism and racial inequality.
Our Core Principles:
• To move beyond the traditional black-white racial paradigm of race, and to examine race and ethnic relations from an increasingly diverse context shaped by the changing demographics of our city, state, nation and world;
• To recognize the intersectional nature of race and ethnicity—exploring key issues of race, racism, and racial inequality with an equally attentive lens on the social identities of gender, class, color and sexuality;
• To promote a research agenda that is holistic in nature—driven by the voices and interests of academic scholars, community leaders/stakeholders and everyday citizens alike.
Our Key Aims:
• To expand the community of scholars conducting research on race and ethnicity;
• To create an academic space and intellectual environment that is inter-disciplinary and collaborative in nature where a diverse group of UNF faculty and students can examine issues of race and ethnicity;
• To offer training and professional development opportunities for UNF faculty and scholars outside the university;
• To offer research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that build upon the UNF mission of transformational and experiential learning experiences;
• To employ emerging social media strategies and digital technologies to promote academic research for the purpose of linking students, school and community and influencing social change.