The Race and Ethnicity (R&E) Working Group began at The University of Texas at Austin in 2007 as an intellectual space for Sociology students and faculty to share ideas and work that critically reflect on the roles that race and ethnicity play in society, the media, and the academic institution. The group has since expanded its membership to include graduate students and faculty from departments such as Geography, African and African Diaspora Studies, Education, Anthropology, and others. Currently, the group is advised by Sociology professors Gloria González-López and Sharmila Rudrappa. Faculty affiliates include Néstor P Rodríguez.
R&E’s members are often interested in the intersection of multiple social positions, and therefore the topics explored expand beyond race and ethnicity into wider questions of power, identity and politics. Meetings throughout the academic year include guest lectures by visiting scholars, writing workshops for graduate students, and thematic discussions germane to recent political events related to race and ethnicity.