CRRE plays a leading role in the field, both nationally and internationally. Our mission is to pursue race equality and social justice by working to close gaps in educational achievement and improve the educational experiences and career outcomes of Black and Minority Ethnic people. CRRE engages in a wide range of activities including conducting original research and working constructively with policy-makers, community groups, and teacher unions to advance racial justice in education.
In 2013 a team from CRRE visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to take part in a ‘Race Summit’, where they met with academic staff and graduate students. The event, led by Professor Adrienne Dixson, identified a series of key issues for further exploration. In 2014 Professor Dixson led a CRRE seminar in London focusing on the negative impact of neoliberal education reforms in New Orleans. Following a recent visit to Birmingham by Professors Dixson and Reynolds, we are now advancing plans for a conference to showcase cutting-edge critical research in education (to be held in Chicago) in 2016.
One of the most dramatic developments in educational studies over the last decade has been the emergence of Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a key branch of inquiry. Scholars at the University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign play leading roles in shaping and advancing CRT internationally. We have co-authored several publications in the field; presented together at a presidential session of the American Educational Research Association; and are planning the firstever CRT in Education Masterclass, to be held in Birmingham in 2016.
James D Anderson