Directors & Staff

Director

Email:
dokamoto@indiana.edu
Website:
http://dinaokamoto.strikingly.com/

Dina Okamoto is the Director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) and Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, immigrant incorporation, as well as intergroup conflict and cooperation in the U.S. context.

Associate Director

Email:
mimoyd@indiana.edu
Website:
https://history.indiana.edu/faculty_staff/faculty/moyd_michelle.html

Michelle Moyd is the Associate Director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) and Associate Professor of History at Indiana University. She is a historian of eastern Africa, with special interests in the history of African soldiers and warfare. Other research interests include German colonial history, the history of racial thought in Europe, Africa, and the United States, and the history of race as a factor in labor and military recruitment processes in Africa and elsewhere.

Jessica Smith

CRRES Administrative Assistant

Email:
crres@indiana.edu

Jessica maintains the CRRES office and provides administrative support for the Center’s activities. She assists with the room reservations and scheduling of CRRES events such as the Speaker Series, Coffee with Affiliates, and the Postdoctoral Scholars Program. She makes travel arrangements for CRRES and processes funding requests and reimbursements for the Center. Jessica earned her B.A. in Psychology at Indiana University and brings years of experience in customer service and administrative work to the Center. If you have questions about travel, CRRES funding or reimbursements, room reservations, scheduling, or general inquiries about the Center, please contact Jessica.

Jasmine L. Davis-Randolph

CRRES Graduate Research Assistant

Email:
crresgra@indiana.edu

Jasmine L. Davis-Randolph is a Ph.D. Student in the Sociology department and her research areas are racial and ethnic identity, mental health, and social psychology. Jasmine’s research focuses on the impact of discrimination, trauma, and stigma on the well-being of marginalized communities. Additionally, she is interested in how race and ethnicity shape social interactions and its impact on the production and dissemination of policies. As the lead graduate assistant for CRRES, she manages the Undergraduate Research Program, helps coordinate programming and events, and provides outreach and marketing support. If you have questions about listservs, email communications, promoting a related event/project, or becoming a CRRES affiliate, please contact her at crresgra@indiana.edu.

Monica Heilman

CRRES Graduate Research Assistant

Email:
crres411@indiana.edu

Monica Heilman is Ph.D. student in Sociology. She hails from Colorado, where she earned her degree in Sociology and Art at the University of Denver. After graduating, Monica taught English in South Korea, worked as a freelance digital marketing writer, and began designing enamel pins. Monica's research interests lie broadly in multiracial identity, shifting categorizations of race in the US, and race relations in South Korea. Her current work examines how multiracial individuals present their identities in the face of challenges to and expectations of an adherence to rigid racial categories. Monica assists in maintaining the CRRES website, marketing, and producing web content.

Chavonté Wright

CRRES Graduate Research Assistant

Email:
crressym@indiana.edu

Chavonté is from Houston,Texas. In 2016, She received her B.A. in sociology from Rice University. Prior to graduate school, her interests in race, education, and mental health led her to classroom teaching and work in college access. Currently a first-year PhD student in Sociology, she studies race, gender, and mental health disparities within higher education institutions. In particular, she is interested in the cultural and social psychological mechanisms through which students persist. Chavonté assists with the organization of the Graduate Student Research Symposium, and coordinates CRRES Graduate Student Affiliates.

Shelley Rao

CRRES Graduate Research Assistant

Email:
shelrao@indiana.edu

Shelley's research interests focus on the intersections of race and ethnicity and immigration. She feels strongly about contributing intellectual knowledge about new and existing streams of Asian immigrants in the United States and their descendants. Her current work examines group positions and perceptions of fairness in academic and work settings. Prior to graduate school, she held professional roles in talent management and diversity, market research, and public policy.

Jacob Castaneda

CRRES Social Media and Outreach Intern

Jacob Castaneda is a senior studying Sociology and Counseling at Indiana University. As the Social Media & Outreach undergraduate intern, his role at CRRES is to provide valuable content through our social media platforms. His research interest is on the racial and economic disparities within the U.S. educational system and aspires to become a research analyst in the future. Jacob is currently conducting his undergraduate honors thesis and is a proud Groups Scholar and a Sociology 4+1 Pathway Program recipient.

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