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Working Groups

RESI Working Groups provide space, structure, and discretionary funding for groups led by faculty that may include advanced graduate students, staff members, and community members with a shared intellectual interest related to race and ethnic studies. Groups can use this opportunity to explore new work and to share their own research, to organize a symposium, and to develop grant proposals. While RESI Working Groups will inevitably build networks and camaraderie, the focus and purpose is to advance research tied to RESI's ongoing initiatives.

This program allows participants from across the College of Arts & Sciences, the University, and beyond to explore complex issues at a moment when cross-disciplinary collaboration is crucial to address shifting domains of knowledge and a rapidly changing world.

Working Group Guidelines

In general, RESI Working Groups meet the following expectations:

  • have one or more co-directors; one must be a Texas A&M College of Arts & Sciences faculty member (open to all tracks and ranks)
  • attend an orientation meeting in the fall
  • meet a minimum of once a month throughout the academic year for 90 minutes each time
  • provide a list of participating members to RESI
  • provide a short report on their activities at the end of the academic year
  • give a brief, informal presentation of the group's work in the spring at a meeting set by RESI (this will be an informational session for future applicants)
  • may continue their work to the next academic year but must reapply for funding in the spring
  • can apply for up to $1,000 to support their activities

Note that groups may apply for up to $1,000 in discretionary funds. Funds are typically used to purchase materials, invite virtual or in-person speakers, hire consultants, purchase datasets, and more; however, these funds cannot be used for food, and they must be used by the end of the spring semester.

If you would like to join an already established Working Group, please email the group's director(s) or

If you would like to propose a new working group, please do so before 5pm on April 1st by clicking this application link

Current Working Groups

For the 2023-2024 academic year, we are hosting three inaugural Working Groups that were selected by the RESI Director. In the future, we will open things up to a competitive process that will take place late in the spring semester.

Asian American Diaspora Studies

This working group builds upon existing research and teaching interests in “Asian American Belonging,” a thematic focus that is gaining traction in the College of Arts & Sciences. We aim to examine Asian American community formations, legal and cultural citizenship, and past and contemporary forms of anti-APIDA racism, including intersectional forms of racism at the intersections of gender, sexuality, religion, ability, class, and other social identities. We imagine this working group contributing to the field of Asian American Diaspora Studies. It operates under the rubric of RESI's Power & Inequality Research Initiative.


Nadia Kim, Sociology
Vanita Reddy, English
George Villanueva, Communication & Journalism

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)

This working group builds upon existing research related to HSIs within the College of Arts & Sciences and across other colleges and schools at Texas A&M University. Functioning as a key component of RESI's HSI Research Initiative, this working group will facilitate new connections between researchers, review and support the state-of-the-art in HSI research, and champion research that supports the HSI mission and commitments of the College and the University.




Omar Rivera, Philosophy
Ishara Casellas Connors, Public Service & Administration in the Bush School

Environmental Justice

This working group is a special collaboration between the Environment & Sustainability Initiative (Wendy Jepson, Director) and RESI (Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Director), which seeks to advance interdisciplinary environmental justice research and teaching in the College of Arts & Sciences. We will take an interdisciplinary lens to examine how environmental disparities, resource dispossession, and marginalization impact the everyday lives, experiences, and livelihoods of disadvantaged social groups and communities.  We welcome critical theoretical interventions to advance scholarly dialogue as well as community-engaged research.


Wendy Jepson,
Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, RESI/Communication