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Welcome to the University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE).

IRISE is the result of a successful "incubator" proposal in response to the pilot phase of the Provost's Renew DU process in 2013. Upon receiving a call for proposals from the Renew DU Committee, faculty and staff were assembled into teams or incubators to develop pilot programs to "transform the university."


The University of Denver Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality or IRISE is seeking (1) postdoctoral research fellow  beginning September 1, 2015.  We are seeking candidates  who are capable of bringing together the insights and methodology from two or more disciplines in order to examine the creation, growth, and or sustainability of academic programs related to inequality (e.g.  Ethnic, GLBT, Disability, Critical Cultural Studies) at institutions of higher education.  We are also interested in candidates whose research also addresses inequality in relation to the access and success of historically unrepresented populations in the Academy.  More Information

IRISE Critical Cultural Lecture Series

Please join us for the second lecture of the Critical Cultural Studies Lecture Series being hosted by the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality – IRISE and the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies.

Critical Cultural Lecture Series

Dr. Amy Villarejo, Chair and Professor of the Department of Performing and Media at Cornell University will be giving a lecture: "Talking Heads: Queer Television of the 1980s."
April 2, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Reception to Follow
Sturm Hall 286

The Critical Cultural Studies Lecture Series is designed to provoke conversation at DU about the importance of disciplines like Queer and GLBT Studies, Disability Studies, Race and Ethnic Studies, and other programs that interrogate questions of power and privilege. The primary goal is to consider how and in what ways such programs can be built at DU. We are excited to have Dr. Villarejo contribute in this conversation.
We hope to see you on April 2nd.

Open Call - 2015 Anthology Project

anthology 2015
The Center for Multicultural Excellence (CME) and the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) would like to invite DU faculty, staff, and graduate students to submit art and/or prose, which reflect your learning experiences and desires regarding a diverse society, in conjunction with this year's theme, Tears Worth Telling. Selected submissions will be published in an anthology. Authors may also have the opportunity to present their work in an event and exhibit in Spring 2015. 

This year's theme is based on Dr. Cheryl Matias' article, "Tears Worth Telling: Urban Teaching and the Possibilities of Racial Justice." Please read her article for more information. 

Matias, C. E. (2013). Tears worth telling: Urban teaching and the possibilities of racial justice.Multicultural Perspectives, 15(4), 187-193.

Please review the Call for Submissions. If you have questions, feel free to contact

Thank you, 
The 2015 Anthology Editorial Board
Varaxy Yi Borromeo
Natasha Saelua
Raquel Wright-Mair
Vanessa Teck

The Roger Salters Doctoral Institute (RSI) Announces Writing Series 

The Writing Series Institute is intended to support students through the writing process from beginning and end. Participants from across all disciplines will form a cohort and work through each of the sessions together to build planning, writing, peer reviewing, and editing skills necessary to produce scholarly and academic papers. The workshop series will culminate in a two-day Writing Retreat in June, 2015 to be held at Mt. Evans Cabin, all expenses paid for by the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE). 

Click here for more information on the RSI Writing Series Institute

2015 Diversity Summit IRISE Presentations