University of Washington's Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality


WISER Mission Statement

The University of Washington's Institute for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality, is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to bringing the tools of contemporary social science inquiry to the careful examination of issues of social, economic, and political exclusion and disadvantage of marginalized minority populations in the United States, and their potential solutions.

Goals

Help establish the University of Washington as a recognized center of excellence for minority-related research and graduate training in the social sciences, by:
  • Creating an institute that facilitates minority focused research through grant-seeking, intellectual exchange, and on-campus activities;
  • Raising the profile on-campus of questions and issues related to minority life in the United States;
  • Creating connections to the wider community;
  • Providing an enlarging research community to faculty and graduate students working on questions of disadvantage; and
  • Assisting the College and Departments in attracting and retaining faculty and graduate students from diverse backgrounds or whose work addresses questions in inequality or difference.