The Center for Ethnic Studies offers BMCC students an opportunity to study the experiences of diverse racial and ethnic groups in North America, as well as the histories and creative expressions of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. Through a socially relevant curriculum, we strive to revitalize the cultural heritages of historically excluded and underrepresented groups—Africans and peoples of African descent, Latinos, and Asians. Our approach to the study of identities, migration, cultures, literature, arts, and politics is multi-continental and interdisciplinary. Our courses reach across myriad disciplines and continents to cultivate global, comparative, transnational, and socio-historical perspectives on race, ethnicity, gender, and class. Our dedicated professors lead Study Abroad courses to Brazil and the Dominican Republic.
We see the pursuit of self-knowledge as both a truth-seeking project and central to self-empowerment. We want our students to:
- Cultivate knowledge of themselves—who they are; how they struggle with living legacies of slavery, colonialism, and racial injustices; how they are made and remade through the politics of the everyday and social movements; and above all what they are capable of achieving.
- Develop communication skills and creativity.
- Become imaginative thinkers, good writers, and well-informed global citizens.
- Shape the path to success in the 21st century.