The California Roundtable on Philosophy and Race began in 2004. Since then, meetings have typically been held during the end of September/beginning of October.  

The CRPR brings together philosophers of race along with those working in related fields in a small and congenial setting to share their work and to help further this sub-discipline of philosophy.

During its first four years, the CRPR was held, alternatingly, on the campuses of the University of San Francisco or California State Northridge in California, where its initial founders, Ronald Sundstrom and Gregory Velazco y Trianosky, respectively, held faculty appointments. Since then, the CRPR has gone national, but it has retained its original name as a means of calling back to its roots.

Philosophical papers are invited on any issue regarding race, ethnicity, or racism, and including those that take up race in the context of another topic, such as feminism, political philosophy, ethics, justice, culture, identity, biology, phenomenology, existentialism, psychoanalysis, metaphysics, or epistemology.