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New Developments at the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity

New appointments, past and upcoming programs

New Members

The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) welcomes two new members to its team: 

Dr. Diana M. Guelespe is the incoming Assistant Director of CRGE. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. She has conducted research in the areas of health, homelessness, education, and immigration. Her scholarship focuses on the lives of mixed-status immigrant families and the daily challenges they confront as they pursue their education, seek and maintain employment and carry out family obligations while balancing the risk of deportation. She is committed to engaging in community-based participatory research to address social inequalities and identify policies that will improve the quality of life of marginalized community members.    

Lenora R. Knowles, CrISP Scholar, is a first year doctoral student in the Women's Studies Department. Her academic work pivots around the question of how radical poor and working class African American women and Latinas are doing grassroots organizing within their respective communities and together across lines of race, ethnicity, and immigration status. Ms. Knowles currently resides in Baltimore where she is actively engaged in grassroots community organizing efforts to end police brutality and economic injustice with an intersectional analysis of race, class, gender, sexuality, and immigration status.


Last June, CRGE successfully hosted the second Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI) for Underrepresented Minority (URM) Scholars in collaboration with, and support from, MPRC and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections program. Over the course of five days, 20 participants from across the country engaged in critical discussions about research design, the writing process, and surviving and thriving in academe, The courses were taught by eight noted qualitative and mixed methods scholars from across the colleges (School of Public Health, BSOS, College of Education and ARHU). 

In addition, CRGE  received a supplemental grant to its current grant “Diversify the Faculty, Transform the Institution: Learning from the Work-Life Experiences of African American, Latina/o and Native American Faculty” from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The proposed initiative Creating Inclusive Learning Environments will convene a summit of leadership in higher education (presidents, provosts and deans) from across the nation who are committed to equity, and support the inclusion of URM  faculty and students in welcoming and productive ways. CRGE will work in collaboration with the Kennedy School of Government to co-host the event at Harvard University  in April 2017.