The Center for Social Development at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis has announced the establishment of the Collaboration on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility in America (CRISMA). The mission of CRISMA is to delineate the ways in which inequality and structural racism affect racial/ethnic disparities in achievement, life chances, social and economic mobility, and health in the United States.
The new collaborative is under the director of assistant professor Sheretta Butler-Barnes, associate professor David Patterson, and assistant professor Darrell Hudson.
Dr. Butler-Barnes explained that “the collaboration is an effort to bring together scholars to discuss how to address structural racism and develop strategic ways to address inequalities in education and health. Thus, we are very intentional in our language around who is impacted by structural and individual racism, including African Americans, American Indians, Latinos, Asian and immigrant populations. Our hope is that we will bring together scholars from around Washington University and other interested scholars around the country.”
Dr. Patterson added that “we have to educate and train the next generation of social workers and public health workers who can work throughout our communities to eliminate the devastating health consequences caused by inequalities.”