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Advisory Board


The Race & Ethnic Studies Institute’s Advisory Board functions as a valuable sounding board, source of ideas, and advice. Members serve three-year terms and meet once per month. The charge of the Advisory Board is to make recommendations to the Director of RESI on major matters of policy regarding the mission and direction of the Institute; to advise the Director how the Institute can best serve the research needs of the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences and the University; to advise the Director on programs and projects at the Institute; to assist in the review of proposals for Institute grants and fellowships; and to help publicize opportunities available at RESI. If you are interested in serving on the board, the first step is to become a Faculty Affiliate.

Advisory Board Members

Omar Rivera Associate Professor Philosophy
  • Coloniality / Decoloniality
  • Latina/o/x/e Studies / Mexican American Studies / Chicano/o/x Studies
  • History / History of Ideas / Knowledge & Epistemology
  • Latin American Philosophy / Latinx Philosophy
Robin R. Means Coleman External Member Professor of Media Studies / African American and African Studies at the universoty of Virginia
  • Justice / Social Justice
  • Blackness / Anti-Blackness
  • Racial / Ethnic Identity
  • Media
  • Inclusivity
Rebecca Hankins Professor Global Languages & Cultures
  • Africana Studies / African American Studies / Black Studies
  • Religion
  • Popular Culture
  • Islam
  • Pluralism
Daniel L. Howard Professor Psychological & Brain Sciences
  • Africana Studies / African American Studies / Black Studies
  • Minority Health
  • Racial Health Disparities
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Cultural Competency
Alain Lawo-Sukam Coordinator of Africana Studies Program Associate Professor Global Languages & Cultures
  • Expressive Culture / Art / Material Culture
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Afro-Hispanic Studies / African-Hispanic Studies
Kristan Poirot Executive Associate Head Associate Professor Communication & Journalism
  • Activism / Social Movements
  • Gender / Sexuality
  • Intersectionality / Intersectional Racism
  • Black Freedom Movements
  • Black Feminist Theory
Vanita Reddy Associate Professor English
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Gender / Sexuality
  • Comparative / Relational / Global Race & Ethnic Studies
Asha Rao Instructional Professor Biology
  • College Retention & Success
  • First Generation College Students / First Generation Low Income Students (FGLI)
  • STEM Education
  • Underrepresented Students / Students of Color
Pat Rubio Goldsmith Professor Sociology
  • Higher Education / Education
  • Latinx/a/o Education Policy & Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)
  • School Segregation
  • Neighborhood Segregation
George Allen O. Villanueva Doctoral Program Coordinator Associate Professor Communication & Journalism
  • Racial / Ethnic / Ethnoracial Equity & Inequality
  • Discourse / Communication
  • Activism / Social Movements
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Asian American Studies / Asian Studies
  • Justice / Social Justice
  • Expressive Culture / Art / Material Culture
  • Urban Studies