About the Center for Ethnic Studies Research

Who We Are

The Center for Ethnic Studies Research (CESR) advances innovative multidisciplinary and collaborative research addressing core communities central to Ethnic StudiesLatinx, Asian American, Native American, African American/U.S. African diasporasfrom local, regional, comparative, and transnational perspectives.

What We Do

Our investigative projects and programs aim to expand educational excellence, nurture community engagement, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an active catalyst towards effective change, CESR is where access and opportunity connect with faculty and students who are looking to amplify research and professional development in Ethnic Studies.

Where We Will Go

CESR aspires to combine Pitt’s network of faculty, students, and staff with innovative opportunities and programming that illuminate the experiences and counter-narratives of race and ethnicity in the United States. Using strategic research and educational programs, we seek to foster intellectual engagement, enhance awareness and dialogue, develop community partnerships, and sponsor grant opportunities in Ethnic Studies.

Center for Ethnic Studies Research

We offer students and faculty spaces for community-building through collaborative research and professional development opportunities exploring race and ethnicity that include internships, fellowships, certificates, workshops, symposia, partnerships, and an array of other activities.


I think all human beings are equal, but one has to unceasingly fight hard to maintain that equality.
- Roberto Clemente