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Race and Ethnic Studies


This interdisciplinary academic program focuses on developing students' intercultural competencies through the lens of race, ethnicity, and social justice. The goal of the program is to cultivate the intersectional thinking necessary to address systemic differences in power in order to pursue equity, inclusion, and forward the University's mission of serving the common good.

The program offers minors in Africana Studies, Latinx and Latin American Studies and Race and Social Justice.

The Minor in Africana Studies

This minor is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the peoples of Africa and African descendants in the Americas, Africa, and throughout the diaspora.

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The Minor in Latinx and Latin American Studies

This minor offers interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to the study of these identities and their complex socio-historical contexts.

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The Minor in Race and Social Justice

This minor is designed to develop students' intercultural competencies by focusing primarily on the experiences of American-based domestic racial and ethnic populations.

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Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium
The Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium is an annual gathering that shines light on Indigenous Peoples' history, culture and spirituality.
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In the News
Faculty and Staff 03.24.22

The American Philosophical Association awarded UD philosopher ​​Ernesto Rosen Velasquez the 2021 Essay Prize in Latin American Thought.

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Diversity and Inclusion 02.04.20

The University of Dayton’s new Latinx and Latin American Studies minor allows students from those backgrounds to see themselves in the curriculum, while also preparing students from other backgrounds to increase their knowledge and understanding of the historical and contemporary issues of the nation’s fastest-growing ethnic group.

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Race and Ethnic Studies Program