2022-23 Catalog

Institute for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (ICRES)

Director: Marilisa Jiménez García, Ph.D. (University of Florida)

Email:   inhum@lehigh.edu |  Phone: 610-758-4281

Website:  https://wordpress.lehigh.edu/cres/

Supported by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 610-758-4281
Maginnes Hall, 9 West Packer Avenue

Committee: Lesley Chow, Carolina Hernandez, Delia Marrero, Brenda Martinez, LSA representative, BSU representative

The Institute on Critical Race and Ethnic Studies(ICRES) was founded in 2019 and developed out of conversations between student leaders from the Black Student Union and Latino Student Alliance and faculty. The mission of ICRES is to engage in research, teaching, learning and transformative action grounded in anti-racism, anti-sexism, and anti-colonialism. The center is directed by the Founding Institute Director, Dr. Marilisa Jiménez García, who also serves as a Chair of the Educational Justice Initiative, and is co-led by Dr. Sirry Alang, who is the Chair of the institute’s Health Justice Collaborative. 


We are an intellectual home for research that is grounded in the epistemologies and histories of Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the United States. Our work centers and implements frameworks, experiences and perspectives of communities of color in relationship to the world-wide struggles for rights and liberation.

We are a laboratory and an intellectual space for faculty and students to contemplate the role of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies in various fields, and vice versa, along with the role of Critical Race Theory and Ethnic Studies in transforming the US academy including its extension in K-12 education.

The Institute fosters rigorous theory-based and experiential learning and inquiry in core areas of education and health through strategic initiatives and activities such as the Education Justice Initiative, Health Justice Collaborative, and Lehigh Student Activism Archive.  


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