Center for Race and Public Education in the South

  • CRPES
  • Research Center

What We Do

We conduct and support research and scholarship on issues that lie at the intersection of race, education and schooling in the southern United States. 

Our Work

CRPES advances research that studies the potential means of ameliorating disparities in African American and Latino youth's educational experiences and achievement.

Who We Are

This interdisciplinary center brings together education scholars from history, psychology, philosophy and sociology to investigate the many facets of these disparities. 

Research Projects

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Educating for Democracy

Race and racism continue to be defining features of life in America. Learning about the role of racism in the past can help disrupt and dismantle racism of the present. We have, therefore, created developmentally appropriate civic education materials focused on issues of race and justice in the United States, with an emphasis on civic discourse and history.

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Charlottesville Freedom School

In partnership with Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Public Schools, the UVA Center for Race and Public Education (CRPES) is hosting the 2023 CDF Freedom School for 3rd-8th grade students! This FREE 5-week summer program will take place IN-PERSON. In order to enroll, your child must be a student of Charlottesville City Schools, Albermarle County Schools, or another local school.

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CRPES Research

Negotiating Dominican Citizenship: Education, Race and Nation during the US Occupation, 1916-1924

In this Race & Education talk from the Center for Race and Public Education in the South (CRPES), Dr. Alexa Rodríguez gave a talk entitled "Negotiating Dominican Citizenship: Education, Race and Nation during the US Occupation, 1916-1924" on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022.

Every Child a Freedom Soldier: Children, Youth, and the Civil Rights Movement

In this Race & Education talk from the Center for Race and Public Education in the South (CRPES), Dr. V.P. Franklin gave a talk entitled " Every Child a Freedom Soldier: Children, Youth, and the Civil Rights Movement." on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2022.

Gobbling up the Land: Racialization Policies and Education in the Seminole Nation: 1843-1930

In this Race & Education talk from the Center for Race and Public Education in the South (CRPES), Dr. Jennifer Johnson gave a talk entitled "Gobbling up the Land: Racialization Policies and Education in the Seminole Nation: 1843-1930" on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021.

Uncovering the Legacy of UVA’s First Black Woman Graduate: Louise Stokes Hunter’s Extraordinary Life

In this Race & Education talk from the Center for Race and Public Education in the South (CRPES), Dr. Margaret Thornton gave a talk entitled "Uncovering the Legacy of UVA’s First Black Woman Graduate: Louise Stokes Hunter’s Extraordinary Life" on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021.

The Campus Color Lines: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom

In this Race & Education talk from the Center for Race and Public Education in the South (CRPES), Dr. Eddie Cole from UCLA gave a talk entitled "The Campus Color Lines: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom" on Tuesday, April 6th, 2021.

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Mailing Address

  • Ridley Hall

    Room 204A

    Charlottesville, VA