Through transnational research centers, statewide initiatives, and local collaborative projects, Ethnic Studies students and faculty make meaningful connections between research, policy, culture, and social change.
The YOK Center at UC Riverside is on its way to becoming the preeminent research institution on Korean American Studies. The YOK Center is dedicated to understanding what it means to be a Korean American in the 21st century, the history of Korean Americans, the Korean diaspora in the United States and the world, and the role of Korean Americans in the reunification of South and North Korea. Professor Ed Chang is the founder and director of the YOK Center.
The Latin American Studies Program draws on multidisciplinary experiences and a long history of research expertise. We offer a major and a minor degree with courses focusing on Latin America in a global context. Students can choose from a wide variety of courses — archeology, history, society, political and economic issues, border studies, culture, literature, music, film, language etc. Many classes are offered in English, others in Spanish.
Faculty and students also organize talks and events with eminent scholars and young, cutting edge researchers from the US and Latin America.
The CARA Working Group cultivates intellectual and activist opportunities for students, faculty, and organizers to engage in collective or autonomous research, policy, pedagogical, and organizing projects that address racialized gender violence. CARA hosts student organizing clinics (one of which supported the national #FreeLiyah participatory defense campaign), public reading groups, and other initiatives. In 2021, CARA will host a national symposium, "Making Space: Emerging Theories and Interventions in Critical Anti-Violence Research."
The Immigration/Detention Initiative leads citizenship classes for immigrants and provides legal advocacy to immigrants who urgently need legal support for their immigration case.
K-12 Ethnic Studies Initiative
This emerging initiative will partner with local teachers to develop pedagogical approaches to teaching Ethnic Studies in a K-12 setting.
The Feminist Decarceral Research Initiative brings together UC and non-UC faculty and graduate students, community organizers, and formerly incarcerated advocates to create research-based resources that address the criminalization and decriminalization of survivors of sexual and domestic violence. The Initiative works in partnership with the national organization Survived and Punished and is co-coordinated by Prof. Alisa Bierria (UC Riverside), Prof. Jakeya Caruthers (Berea College), and Prof. Emily Thuma (University of Washington, Tacoma).