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Research at the Center

The CBSR is an autonomous research unit, reporting directly to the Office of Research.  The CBSR is empowered by the Office of Research and responsible to various communities to support interdisciplinary and collaborative research on the Black studies and Afro-diasporic communities; to disseminate knowledge through its two journals and occasional books; to create a culture of grant development and to seek extramural research funds; to support Black student and scholarly research; to develop programs that connects grants to public programming to publications; and to carry out its public mission of community-engaged work.  

The CBSR has two active research initiatives, while also supporting a variety of other research projects.

Engaged Scholarship Initiative

The Engaged Scholarship Initiative examines the transformation of methodologies and the construction of knowledge through the intertwining of scholarly and community-based ideas and practices.

Haitian Studies Initiative

The Haitian Studies Initiative focuses on the development and exchange of knowledge and analysis of Haitian studies through the Journal for Haitian Studies and in partnership with the Haitian Studies Association.