The Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) delivers a curriculum focused primarily on African-, Latino/a-, Asian-, and Native-American (ALANA) people in the U.S., who are usually marginalized, under-represented and/ or misrepresented in the normative curriculum.  CSCRE also fosters critical dialogues on race through its Discussion Series which brings several speakers, artists, and performers to Ithaca each year. This dual focus is meant to help students develop a comprehensive understanding of the multiracial and polycultural world in which we live.

CSCRE Minors

The Center's minors in African Diaspora, Asian American, Latino/a, and Native American Studies cover a broad range of subjects, including identity formation, cultural and historical representations and struggles, public policy, intersections of race and colonialism, social justice and racial redress. Where possible, courses rely on a comparative and historical approach and combine epistemological /theoretical concerns with an analysis of “real-life” problems so as to give students a contextual understanding of the issues they are studying.

Minors are required to take six courses (*18 credit hours), two from Conceptual Frameworks and one each from the remaining four categories: Comparative and International, Culture and History, Policy and Praxis, and Power and Liberation.

* Native American Studies minors must take additional 3 credit hours in a Capstone Experience category for a total of 21 credits.

 Minors' Course Lists


CSCRE Welcomes New Director, Belisa González

Belisa González is an associate professor of Sociology. She joined the Sociology Department at Ithaca College in 2007 and as of August 2015 will be the Director of the Center for the Study of Culture Race and Ethnicity. Her teaching and research focus on inter and intra group relations between and within communities of color in the U.S. Her past research investigated the intergroup dynamics within cross-racial organizing efforts between African Americans and Latina/os organizing in Atlanta. Using data collected from a four-year NSF-funded study co-investigated with Irene Browne of Emory University, Dr. González is currently exploring how middle-class Dominican and Mexican immigrants living in Atlanta experience discrimination. Along with her co-PI, Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, she is also finishing up a three-year grant-funded assessment of Multicultural Resource Center’s Talking Circles.

Until 2014 Dr. González ran the Urban Mentorship Initiative (UMI). UMI is a distance learning mentorship initiative that pairs 8th grade students from the School for the Urban Environment (UE), located in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy), Brooklyn, NY with students from Ithaca College. The program is designed to expose UE students to college life and improve their writing skills, while introducing IC students to the structural and interpersonal realities of being social change agents. In addition to their interactions with the students from the UE, UMI mentors are required to enroll in the course Practicum in Social Change. In this course, students learn about the social inequality and historical context that created and continue to affect “underprivileged” communities, like Bed-Stuy.

Dr. González co-created and conducts a series of workshops on inclusiveness and excellence in the hiring process. She also conducts workshops on micro-aggressions and how to have difficult dialogues in the workplace.

SOCI 20700 Race and Ethnicity 
SOCI 41312 Advanced Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 40500 & 40600 Practicum in Social Change I&II: Urban Mentorship Initiative
SOCI 10100 Introduction to Sociology 
SOCI 24000 Social Inequality and its Consequences
CSCR/SOCI 42000 Sociology of and by Women of Color
SOCI 43300 Race and Affirmative Action 
SOCI 43602 Intergroup Dialogue 
CSCR/SOCI 45100 Research in Global Justice

Welcome Michael Taylor

The Center is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Michael Taylor for the 2015-2016 academic year. Dr. Taylor received a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in the Social Science Program and B.A, M.A. from SUNY Buffalo in Native American Studies. He specializes in Native American Studies and Anthropology, and in 2013 published his book, Contesting Constructed Indian-ness: The Intersection of the Frontier, Masculinity, and Whiteness in Native American Mascot Representations  (Lexington Books).

Classes being offered Fall 2015:  
CSCR 10900/ANTH 10900 Introduction to Native American Studies
CSCR 26100 Watching Race in American Media
CSCR 38001/ANTH 38000 Medical Anthropology: Global Indigenous Health Systems
ANTH 10400 Cultural Anthropology
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