“In the past, we have partnered with the community-based nonprofit Ultimate Reentry Opportunity (URO) to assess systemic barriers to community reintegration for formerly incarcerated people in Tompkins County,” said Ioanide. “CSCRE students not only interviewed justice-involved people, coded and analyzed interviews for themes, but produced a report that made our findings available to community stakeholders, Tompkins County legislators, and government actors. This is a perfect example of hands-on, engaged learning for the major that we plan to continue.”
“We want them to understand that this is how you would apply your knowledge if you became a researcher, or a policymaker, or a producer, so they can really start seeing through this lens that you adopt and then you can practice it in many ways,” Ioanide added.
Nicole Horsley, assistant professor in the CSCRE, voiced her hopes for students who participate in the major.
“Hopefully, the major will provide a means to recruit and retain students who wish to study race, power and resistance, along with assisting them to develop critiques that move beyond representations and respectability politics, to imagine alternative futures,” said Horsley. “Students will be able to learn tried and true strategies and to develop new ones for the struggles to come.”
Jacqueline Laferriere ’22, a Sociology major and a BOLD Women’s Leadership Scholar, is interested in the new major because it is a combination of everything she has been wanting to study.
“The CSCRE has been the place throughout my college career where my mind has been expanded the most, and I have learned so much, and the addition of this major will only deepen that type of learning for more students in the future,” said Laferriere. “I admire everyone who put in so much work to create this major over the years, and I am so excited to see the major get implemented in the fall.”
Ioanide reflected upon the significance of the social movement that we’re living through and how she and her colleagues couldn’t have anticipated the increased importance students would have in the major.
“Students are hungry for this right now, students from all walks of life, who have genuine questions, curiosity and inquiry around wanting to understand the world that they live in and better articulate their own place in it,” said Ioanide. “I’m very proud of the fact that there’s great synergy between what students are asking for, both in terms of curricular flexibility, but also content in the major.”
Gonzalez and Ioanide would like students to take the study and the reality of racialized experiences seriously and understand the nuances that this major will delve into.
“I want students to walk away with a greater clarity of how the world works, specifically the power structures that impact groups and individuals,” said Ioanide.