Founded in 2016 by faculty members and doctoral students at the University of Georgia, Hamilton College, Rutgers University, Bates College, University of Wisconsin, and Cornell University, MRECC is an international professional organization open to everyone who shares in our mission. 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. Soon, with the continued expansion of MRECC, we plan to hold an open election for all members and appoint officers for the positions of President, Vice President, Social Media Manager, and Treasurer.