Multiculturalism, Race & Ethnicity in Classics Consortium (MRECC) is an international organization founded in October 2016 by faculty and graduate students in classics and education from six different universities across the United States (Hamilton College, Rutgers University, University of Georgia, Bates College, University of Wisconsin, and Cornell University). Since then, MRECC [em-rek] has grown to include over 800 affiliated students, staff, faculty, and independent researchers from a variety of backgrounds and institutions worldwide. It is our goal to raise awareness and support the study of multiculturalism, race, and ethnicity in classics and classical archaeology at all levels. For MRECC, multiculturalism, race, and ethnicity is central but intersectionality with gender, sexual orientation, and all matters of identity are welcome.
Classics remains a largely homogeneous field of study in America. It also has a difficult past wherein the study of Greek and Latin served as a gate-keeping tool to prevent others from accessing education in various ways here and abroad. We aim to acknowledge this past and continue to break down the barriers that it formed because we believe that a knowledge of classical languages and cultures belongs to everyone – no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. Our aim, in part, is to encourage the active teaching of multiculturalism, race, and ethnicity in the ancient world. We recognize that the conception of these classifications were not the same as they are today. In response, we urge Classics instructors (in language, literature, and material culture) to create lesson plans that illustrate and engage with the multiculturalism of the ancient world in a variety of innovative ways. In doing so, we hope to create more inclusive learning environments for all students. We see fostering a welcoming classroom at all levels as one of the many steps needed to diversify the field.
MRECC is currently run by the six original founding members who now constitute the Executive Board: Shelley P. Haley, Nandini Pandey, Nicole Julia Giannella, Kelly P. Dugan, David J. Wright, and Hamish Cameron.
If you are interested in becoming an official member, check out our Membership page for more information on how to register. If you are part of an organization that would like to be affiliated with MRECC and have us post about your events and publications, please send an email to the MRECC Executive Board at firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t forget to join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Thank you and welcome to MRECC!