What is RES at Otterbein University?
The Race and Ethnic Studies program at Otterbein University promotes the critical study of race and ethnicity from disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Courses examine historical and contemporary constructions of race and ethnicity, in national and transnational contexts.
While the program’s primary focus is the United States, RES at Otterbein regards the processes of racialization and ethnic identity formation as occurring across borders and nations. As the program makes systems of institutionalized marginalization, racial privilege, racial and ethnic superiority, and white supremacist terrorism visible, students gain a critical perspective on both historical and immediate social contexts. As it considers possibilities for ethnic and racial solidarity, students learn strategies for racial and economic justice.