Levin College of Law

Center for the Study of Race & Race Relations


The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) is an academic research and resource center. The Center’s mission is met through the work of various groups engaged in a wide range of activities.

About the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations

In 1996, UF Law Professor Sharon Rush had a big idea. It was time, she thought, for UF’s law school to establish a center on race. She shared her ideas with her colleague, Professor Kenneth Nunn. He agreed. Together they began to envision and plan, drawing in colleagues who were also interested in the intersections of race and law. The idea for a Race Center was quickly supported and developed with the help of a small and dedicated group. In addition to Professors Nunn and Rush, the group included Professors Michelle Jacobs, Pedro Malavet, Juan Perea (now at Loyola‐Chicago), Charles Pouncey (FIU), Phyliss Craig‐Taylor (Dean, NCCU). Rahim Reed, Assistant Dean for Minority Affairs, was also a member of this group. His efforts were critical to the establishment of the UF Race Center. Their goal was to etch out a strategy for making race central to legal studies at UF. Energetic and dedicated, this working group lobbied the law school’s administration to create a race center. These efforts led to a formal proposal and a two-year long wait. In spring 1998, the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) was officially established as a university-wide center.

Now, more than 20 years later, the UF Race Center continues to thrive. With its mission of fostering communities of dialogue through empirical and intellectual discourse, it engages in a wide array of activities. The CSRRR hosts symposia and workshops, engages in research, produces scholarship, offers course development grants, and administers fellowships. In keeping with its original vision, the UF Race Center works across the university community with students, faculty, and other campus centers to broaden interdisciplinary efforts and connections to race.

The UF Race Center’s efforts are buoyed by a solid foundation of affiliate professors. In fact, UF Law has one of the largest contingents of affiliate professors at any law school in the country. Of the approximately 200 law schools in the United States, less than 25 have centers that focus on race. The CSRRR was the first one established and is the only one with a focus on race and race relations and race-related curriculum development.

CSRRR work includes:

  • Producing, supporting, and highlighting race-related scholarship within and beyond the UFcommunity
  • Gathering, analyzing, and sharing historical and contemporary knowledge about race and race relations
  • Developing and supporting, through teaching, research, writing, and workshops, race-related curricula for collegiate and professional schools
  • Fostering non-stigmatizing ways of discussing issues of race and ethnicity

Please join us in our efforts to identify and address the many difficult but important race-related issues. We look forward to working with you. We welcome your questions and comments at csrrr@law.ufl.edu.

Staff

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Dr. Katheryn Russell-Brown

Director

Dr. Russell-Brown was named the CSRRR director in 2003. She is also the Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law. Her research and writing focus on race and crime. The second edition of her book, The Color of Crime (NYU Press) was published in 2009.
russellbrownk@law.ufl.edu

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Dr. Diedre F. Houchen

Post-Doctoral Associate

Dr. Houchen became the CSRRR Postdoctoral Associate in 2016. She has taught race and education, history of education, and teacher education courses in University of Florida’s College of Education. Her research and writing focuses on race, education and history. Her work as a youth advocate, program developer, middle and high school teacher and teacher educator deepened her understanding of the challenges facing public education.She is published in the areas of urban education, teaching, and learning. Her current work considers Black teacher activism and pedagogy during Jim Crow.
diedre@ufl.edu


Students

CSRRR supports students through various initiatives and opportunities. The CSRRR Law Student Diversity Council is a forum for race and ethnicity-based law student associations to engage in collaborations and propel the work of their various associations forward.

Advisory Council



Publications

Children with Incarcerated Parents

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Trayvon Martin Projects

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Two Trayvon Martin events were held in February 2014. One was on Wednesday, February 5 and the other on Thursday, February 13 from 6:00 p.m. til 8:00 p.m. at UF Law, Room 180.

Youth Development Research-Practice Partnership Research Statement

View the YDRPP research statement here.

Books and Publications on Race, Law School, and Lawyering

CSRRR compiled this resource to assist with incorporating the topic of race in law school curricula. Please view the resource here.
CSRRR Book List Banner

Newsletter

Fall 2020 E-Newsletter

Winter 2019 E-Newsletter

2019-2020 E-Newsletter


CSRRR Digital Collections and Projects

Visit the UF Law African American Digital History project. Hear the voices of UF Law Black Alumni. Listen to their stories. Learn an essential part of UF history.

Want to participate in a CSRRR discussion virtually? Please see the CSRRR’s digital home.  Here we archive our materials, discussions and activities.


Internships, Fellowships, and Grants

Student Funding Opportunities

Yegelwel Fellowship

Summer 2020 Fellowship Award—$4,000 stipend

The University of Florida’s Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) is pleased to announce the 2020 Evan Yegelwel Summer Fellowship. The Fellowship award permits one UF Law student to participate in a Summer Fellowship Program at the Anti-Defamation League, Florida Regional Office in Boca Raton.

A generous gift from UF Law alumnus Evan Yegelwel, who graduated in 1980, has made this Fellowship possible. Mr. Yegelwel is a partner in the Jacksonville, Florida law firm of Terrell Hogan Ellis Yegelwel, P.A.

Find out more about the Yegelwel Fellowship.

Course Development Grants

The Course Development Grant is intended to fund the development and teaching of a course substantially addressing issues of race and/or race relations.


Past Faculty Funding Opportunities

Course Development Grants

The Course Development Grants funded the development and teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses substantially devoted to addressing issues of race and/or race relations.

CSRRR News and Events

CSRRR Virtual Conversation: Supreme Court Precedent and Police Violence

The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations (CSRRR) at the University of Florida Levin College of Law hosted a discussion and conversation with Professor Michelle Jacobs on Saturday, October 10, 2020 via Zoom. You may watch the recorded conversation by clicking the image below.

Professor Russell-Brown Participates in Mayor Poe’s Book Club on Oct. 18

UF Law Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown will participate in Mayor Poe’s Book Club panel discussion on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Join the discussion on Zoom via tinyurl.com/mayorbookclub.  

Law Firms in a Post-George Floyd World: Same Challenge, Different Day

The Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, at the University of Florida Levin College of Law hosted the webinar, Law Firms in a Post-George Floyd World: Same Challenge, Different Day on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 12:00pm. The panel discussion was moderated by UF Law Professor Elizabeth Rowe. She was joined by […]

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Contact Information

Address

Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations
University of Florida, Levin College of Law
P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625

Email

csrrr@law.ufl.edu

Phone

(352) 273-0614

Fax

(352) 392-5000