Racial and Cultural Engagement

At Emory University

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The office is driven by an enduring commitment towards building inclusive and racially just communities through courageous inquiry of the nature of race and its impact on individual, cultural, and communal development.
The Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement (RACE) provides opportunities for the Emory community to explore concepts of race and racial justice. We promote dynamic and cohesive learning communities by creating space for individual, cultural, and communal development. This is done while observing our three tenets: Education & Awareness, Activism, and Identity Development. Overall, we encourage and challenge individuals to explore racial identities and enhance their awareness of exploration of why and how race informs identity development.

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Race dominates our personal lives. It manifests itself in our speech, dance, neighbors, and friends"our very ways of talking, walking, eating and dreaming are shaped by notions of race." Race determines our economic prospects. The race-conscious market screens and selects us for manual jobs and professional careers, red-lines financing for real estate, green-lines our access to insurance, and even raises the price of that car we need to buy. Race permeates our politics. It alters electoral boundaries, shapes the disbursement of local, state, and federal funds, fuels the creation and collapse of political alliances, and twists the conduct of law enforcement. In short, race mediates every aspect of our lives. (p. 3)
– Ian F. Haney Lopez
The Social Construction of Race: Some Observations on Illusion, Fabrication, and Choice, 29 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 1-62, (Winter, 1994)

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