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On Purpose: Portrait of Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies

The Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS) was established in 2015 to support innovative research, teaching, community-building, and engagement for scholars and students addressing issues on these topics. RIGS is dedicated to bringing faculty and students together to pursue lines of inquiry that challenge systems of power and inequality, assert human dignity, and imagine social transformation.
Photo of a young Korean-American girl looking at the camera as she leans over a railing

To Want the Tough Conversations

Psychology professor Richard Lee studies family dynamics in the United States, and in particular families who have internationally adopted Korean children. He has noticed one thing in particular—that parents “really had a hard time knowing how to talk about ethnic and racial differences in the family,” he says, “and how to help their kids deal with the racism in society that they’re going to encounter, and are encountering.”
Portrait: Kim Wong Ark

Historian Erika Lee on the Supreme Court Case That Safeguarded Birthright Citizenship

Professor Erika Lee describes the 1898 Supreme Court case of Wong Kim Ark vs. the United States, which safeguarded the birthright citizenship of people born in the US, regardless of their parents' immigration status. Birthright citizenship has received renewed attention in light of presidential candidates calling to repeal this right.