The Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) was founded in 1999 with the mission to develop a curriculum focused on the experiences of African-, Latino/a-, Asian-, and Native-American (ALANA) people, who tend to be marginalized, underrepresented, or misrepresented in the U.S. as well as in the normative curriculum. CSCRE also fosters dialogues on issues pertaining to race through extra-curricular programming, notably its year-long Discussion Series, which brings between six and eight speakers, artists, and performers to Ithaca over the Fall and Spring semesters. This dual and comprehensive focus is meant to help students to live meaningfully in a multiracial and polycultural world by understanding how race and ethnicity shape an individual's identity and life chances.
The Center's Minors
The Center's minors in African Diaspora, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American Studies cover a broad range of issues, from the historically constructed and contested nature of individual identities to issues of cultural and historical representation, social justice, and struggles for racial redress. While the primary focus of each minor is on the experiences of ALANA people in the U.S., an overall objective is to encourage, allow, and facilitate a study of the U.S. in relation to the world. Where possible, courses rely on historical and comparative methodologies, a combination of epistemological /theoretical concerns with an analysis of “real-life” problems, and a critical approach to the processes of knowledge construction, all of which allow students to develop a contextual understanding of the issues they are studying.
Students in the first three minors (African Diaspora, Latino/a, and Asian American Studies) are required to take a total of six courses (18 credit hours), two from the Conceptual Frameworks category and one each from the remaining four:
Comparative and International
Culture and History
Policy and Praxis
Power and Liberation
For the Native American Studies, students must take a total of 21 hours: /hs/minors/native_american/
Dr. Phuong Nguyen Joins CSCRE & Sociology Department
Dr. Phuong Nguyen will be joining Ithaca College this Fall and will teach two courses in the CSCRE (Intro to Asian American Studies and Race and Love) and one in the Sociology Department (Crisis and Opportunity). He will also be the coordinator of the Asian American Studies minor in the Center.
He has been connected to the study of culture, race, and ethnicity since 1995 and places a strong emphasis on history from the ground up, reminding us that change is a product of struggle, of ordinary people fighting every day in every way to make it happen.
Initially settling in upstate New York, Dr. Nguyen spent most of his youth in California, where his firsthand experience with economic and racial struggles helped him understand his favorite MLK quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." He then went on to major in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego and received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.
Dr. Nguyen is currently finishing a book on Vietnamese Americans in Southern California titled, Becoming Refugee American: Guilt, Gratitude, and the Politics of Rescue in Little Saigon.
Dr. Gustavo Licón is Awarded Andrew W. Mellon Career Enhancement Fellowship
Gustavo Licón, Assistant Professor of Latino/a Studies in the Center for the Study for Culture, Race and Ethnicity (CSCRE) was recently awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty. This fellowship is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by The Woodrow Wilson Foundation. This Fellowship, along with the support of Ithaca College and the School of Humanities and Sciences, will provide Dr. Licón the opportunity to focus on his research and writing from June 2013-June 2014. His goal during this fellowship year is to publish several articles in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Licón’s research interests revolve around modern anti-colonial struggles throughout the Americas. In particular, how social movement participants develop and define their identity and ideology, as well as their sense of citizenship and humanity, in the face of repressive government policy, economic deprivation, social stratification, loss of land tenure, immigration, and violence. One of the articles he plans to publish will be on how the construction and negotiation of sexuality influenced the identity, ideology, and activism of Chicana/o student activists in California MEChA from the late 1960s through the late 1990s. Another article will focus on how contemporary U.S. nativist groups have appropriated Chicana/o Movement rhetoric from the 1960s and 1970s to attack their political adversaries and multicultural policies, and support restrictive immigration reform.
Nancy Morales Joins CSCRE
Nancy Morales will be joining the Center as a part-time lecturer in the Latina/o Studies minor for the 2013-2014 academic year. She will be teaching courses on Intro to Latina/o Studies, Gender, and Labor Studies focusing on Latina and Latino populations.
Morales has research interests in U.S third world feminist theory, immigration policy, and labor relations focusing on how Latina/o workers and immigrant workers have been excluded from the ranks of the working-class because of their racial, cultural, gender and immigration-status differences. She has a B.A. in Social Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and a Master’s from Cornell’s Institute for Public Affairs with a minor in Latina/o Studies.
Morales has done research for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and for the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) exploring how race and gender are necessary for understanding workers’ struggles within the Immigration, Labor, and Civil Rights Movements.
Her advocacy work inside and outside the academy aims to improve the lives of vulnerable working-class populations in all their complexities.