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Race and Social Problems

Race and Social Problems

Editor-in-Chief: Gary F. Koeske

ISSN: 1867-1748 (print version)
ISSN: 1867-1756 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12552

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Description of the Center on Race and Social Problems

School of Social Work 

University of Pittsburgh

“The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” W.E.B. DuBois, 1903
Although progress has been made since these words were spoken more than a hundred years ago, race-related problems continue in the 21st century in America and in many other parts of the world. Further, race and ethnicity matter in virtually all aspects of these societies and are likely to increase in importance as diversity expands due to immigration and population growth among persons of color. Race relations and racial issues have had and will continue to have a profound effect on the social, psychological, and economic lives of minority as well as majority members of society.
The University of Pittsburgh established the Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP) in 2002 to help lead America further along the path to social justice by conducting research, mentoring emerging scholars, and disseminating knowledge. CRSP is multidisciplinary and multiracial in its approach. The Center conducts applied social science research on race, color, and ethnicity and their influence on quality of life.

The Center focuses on race-related social problems in the following areas: 

• Economic Disparities
• Educational Disparities
• Health
• Interracial Group Relations
• Mental Health
• Youth, Families, and the Elderly
• Criminal Justice

Center Activities:  

• Preparation and dissemination of scholarly papers and
• Monthly meetings of each social problem area research
• Speaker series – monthly lectures
• Summer Institutes on selected social problems
• Quarterly journal publication: Race and Social Problems
• Graduate courses:
1. Race and Social Problems
2. Secondary Data Analysis and Race
3. Community-Based Participatory Research
• Study abroad courses on race (France, Britain, and Cuba)
• Student paper awards for best papers written on race
each year
• Pilot funding of small projects, $5,000–$10,000 (typically
three per year)
• Mentoring of graduate and undergraduates students
• On-going advice and consultation to the non-profit


Race in America: Restructuring Inequality, June 3-6, 2010
Fifty Years After Brown v. Board of Education, 2004 (co-hosted with Duquesne University)

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    Race and Social Problems (RASP) provides a multidisciplinary forum for the publication of articles and discussion of issues germane to race and its enduring relationship to socioeconomic, psychological, political, and cultural problems. The journal publishes original empirical studies, reviews of past research, theoretical studies, and invited essays that advance the understanding of the complexities of race and its relationship to social problems.  Submissions from the fields of social work, anthropology, communications, criminology, economics, history, law, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology are welcome.

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