Dept. of Political Science
101 Gowen Hall
Seattle, Wa 98195-3530
Phone: (206) 616-3584
Fax: (206) 685-2146
America is a rapidly changing society. In 1970 83% of the U.S. population was White. Today, about 65% of the population is White, 35% minority, and by 2050 the Census Bureau estimates that 56% of the U.S. population will be non-White. By almost any calculation, the population of America is changing, and bring with it new opportunities and also new challenges. Just within the last year, the state and federal legislators have taken up the issues of immigration reform, affirmative action, same sex marriage, bilingual education, and many more issues related to our diverse population.
I use this bit of information as a backdrop to welcome you to the website of the University of Washington's Institute for the Study or Ethnicity, Race, and Sexuality. The Institute, founded in April 2006, was created for the specific purpose of refocusing our research efforts on those segments of society who remain under-represented in the halls of power, in the boardrooms of American, and in the academy. Moreover, the inequalities in American life exist within a context of global inequality across nations, peoples and hemispheres, inequities that directly reflect those we observe at home. Faculty, staff, and graduate students participating in the Institute share a research emphasis on those under-represented or disadvantaged groups, the challenges they face, their histories and stories, and most importantly their futures.
The Institute provides a variety of public and academic programs which aim to raise our awareness and knowledge of these groups and celebrate their contributions to the fabric of human society. From time to time, we will host research seminars, informal presentations, and formal academic conferences as well as to sponsor graduate student research and travel. We invite you to come and join us.
Matt A. Barreto, Ph.D.
Director, and Associate Professor of Political Science