Center for Race Relations started twelve years ago as a student effort to improve race relations on-campus.
CRR started as a student project in Tony Brown’s social entrepreneurship class in Spring 2002. The goal of CRR was to help Duke become a place where everyone could bring their full identities and learn to engage effectively across lines of difference, said Amy Lazarus, Trinity '05, co-founder of CRR.
"College is a time for people to come together and interact with others who have different backgrounds," Lazarus said. "Some didn't know how and others didn't know why, so we found a need for [CRR]."
Kesav Mohan, Trinity '04 and co-founder of CRR, said that CRR created safe avenues for students, staff and administrators to talk about and explore race.
"Before CRR, many people were afraid to talk about racial issues, because they didn't want to offend anyone," Mohan wrote in an email Wednesday.
One of the objectives of CRR was getting people who would not typically be involved to be involved... Read more