After 16 years, the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) remains dedicated to its goals of promoting and advancing intersectional scholarship and transferring knowledge gained to the upcoming generation of scholars. Over the past years, we have worked hard and have experienced tremendous growth. Our goal to be recognized as a leading national center for scholarship on the intersections of inequality has been achieved. We have had a unique opportunity to establish alliances and networks among a relatively large group of researchers and teachers. Through these alliances we have enhanced UMD’s reputation for expertise in intersectional scholarship at the same time that we are creating an innovative intervention into campus culture that places knowledge at the forefront of understanding inequality based on social difference.

The work of CRGE continues to demonstrate the ways faculty engagement in institution building, intellectual collaboration, and mentoring can transform and strengthen diversity efforts throughout a campus. It has not been easy and we have encountered a number of challenges because essential resources were not always readily available. As we move forward, the ability to grow and sustain intersectional scholarship depends on a combination of institutional supports and faculty leadership. Over the years, at Maryland and other institutions, there have been faculty whose personal commitments and intellectual interests have led them to leadership positions where the have-by dint of hard work, sacrifice and strategic alliances-garnered university support for their programs.

We are among a group of pioneers who have developed a small but growing and increasingly important area of knowledge in the contemporary academy. In the future, those who take up this work will need the support of foundations and other external organizations to facilitate progress and efforts to produce young scholars who will engage in the work of transforming higher education into a truly inclusive enterprise. CRGE is poised to continue its growth as a first-class research center dedicated to understanding the intersections of inequality and social justice. We would like to thank all of you who make this possible

For further reading please read Dill, B. T., Zambrana, R. E., McLaughlin, A. (2009). Transforming the Campus Climate through Institutions, Collaboration, and Mentoring. In B. T. Dill and R. E. Zambrana(Ed.), Emerging Intersections: Race, Class and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice (pp. 253-273). New Jersy: Rutgers University Press. or click here

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