Rescheduled: Office of Equity and Inclusion Hosts Talk on ‘Racialized Organizations in Higher Education’ by Victor Ray

Victor Ray
Victor Ray

*** Please note: This event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11:15 a.m.; it was originally scheduled for Oct. 21 ***

The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) will present a talk, “Racialized Organizations in Higher Education,” by Victor Ray, associate professor in sociology and criminology at Iowa University on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:15 a.m. via Zoom. Registration is available at the OEI website.

Ray will discuss how to contextualize racialized organization theory with higher education. Racialized organization theory argues that race is a constitutive part of American organizations. Race shapes the ways organizations distribute resources, how organizations treat their members and even people’s long-term life prospects. Colleges and universities aren’t race-neutral credentialing organizations. Rather, their policies around admissions, diversity, debates over racial ideology and racial movements on campus shape the broader racial order.

Victor Ray’s research applies critical race theory to classic sociological questions. He is currently working on two book manuscripts: a project focused on race and organizational theory and an edited volume (co-edited with Jennifer Mueller) on race and sociological theory writ large. His work has been published in the “American Sociological Review,” “American Behavioral Scientist,” “Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science,”, “The Journal of Marriage and Family,” and a number of other publications. In addition to this research, Ray is also an active public scholar, publishing commentary in outlets such as “The Washington Post,” “Newsweek” and “Boston Review.” Ray’s work has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation, among others.