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


Race, Inequality, and Social Change (RISC) Website Live!

The website for the proposed program in Race, Inequality, and Social Change (RISC) is now live! Learn more about the program, current course offerings, and share your thoughts about your experiences at DU and what you want to see out of the program.

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Western Places/Western Spaces: Creating Inclusive Communities
March 16 & 17, 2017

The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute's annual land use conference, Western Places/Western Spaces explores a range of land use, planning, law, and development issues with professionals from around the West and across the country.


All over the nation, racial and ethnic tensions are mounting in our cities, suburbs, and rural communities. Higher education is not immune from these tensions as our institutions, like the rest of society, face painful issues of inequality and injustice. IRISE, along with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for Multicultural Excellence and other campus groups, has committed to provide resources and opportunities to bring students and faculty together to face these challenges.

Please reach out of us if you or your department requires support or assistance of an academic nature as we can help to amplify the inclusivity scope of an event or discussion.

In addition, on a more individual level, we wanted to let our DU campus community aware of additional resources that are available.

Students: Health and Counseling Center–303-871-2205
Employees: Employee Assistance Program–303-871-2205
All members of the University community: Religious and Spiritual Life–303-871-4488

We encourage you to utilize these resources as we unite as One DU to respond to issues on inequality and injustice.

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Who We Are

The Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality or IRISE is designed to provide opportunities and support for faculty and students to engage in the development of cutting edge interdisciplinary research on issues of inequality, social justice, and inclusivity with a central focus on topics related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status and religion.

By enabling and intensifying the University of Denver’s ability to develop new ideas, raise novel questions and generate meaningful answers on the vexing questions of inequality, IRISE will work to establish a needed intellectual structure for students and faculty that will (1) facilitate the interdisciplinary teaching and learning, collaboration, research, scholarship, and creative works that seek to promote equality in historically underrepresented communities, and (2) develop, support, and implement academic programs and activities that seek to promote the advancement of historically underrepresented populations in the Academy.

What We Do

  • Renew DU post-terminal degree fellowship pilot program. The purpose of this 2 year program is to identify promising scholars who have completed a terminal degree in their field of study and who are engaged in research, scholarship, and/or creative work grounded in understandings of equality; and/or a consideration for the many ways in which the academy or particular fields promote or extinguish the advancement of historically underrepresented communities.
  • DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES). A consortium of interdisciplinary faculty from throughout the University who are committed to placing DU at the center of scholarship, teaching, and service related to Latinos in the Rocky Mountain West. Its vision of success is to provide a center where Latino faculty, students, and community partners can work together to evolve into ethical and responsible participants in a pluralistic, interdependent, and multicultural society.
  • Pioneer Pathways Program (P3). P3 has a specific goal to nurture the strengths of academically successful incoming students from historically underrepresented communities and prepare them to pursue additional academic degrees, such as a Masters or Doctorate. The program supports IRISE’s mission to develop students who are underrepresented in various fields where an advanced degree is required as a condition of employment. In connection to DU’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence and Diversity, P3 is aimed to provide students with impactful research opportunities, social and cultural support, meaningful mentorship, and personal growth.
  • Roger Salters Doctoral Institute. Named after the distinguished Dr. Roger Salters, the institute continues his work by engaging doctoral students from historically marginalized populations to pursue faculty and administrative positions in academia. The Salters Institute provides doctoral students with insights, information, and words of wisdom from faculty and administrators who have spent their careers navigating the racialized and gendered reality of academe.
  • IRISE Faculty and Student Professional Development and Research Grants. IRISE offers research and creative projects grants, professional development grants, and other opportunities for faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.
  • IRISE Graduate Research Fellows. A partnership between IRISE, Vice-Provosts of Research and Graduate Studies, and particular academic units to support interdisciplinary faculty research.
  • IRISE your program or class. We work to transform programming and curriculum across campus by providing opportunities for “IRISE-ing” an event, lecture, or even class, When we “IRISE” your event, we amplify its interdisciplinary and inclusivity scope and outcomes.
  • IRISE Around DU. We have worked with University Libraries to identify Research Guides that implicate interdisciplinary research on inequality. In addition, we seek opportunities to bring many of the top thinkers in the country dealing with inequality to campus to interact with our faculty and students, including the 2014 eCRT symposium on quantitative research on race and ethnic studies.

These opportunities are just the beginning as IRISE works to prioritize inequality as a core research area across various disciplines. All of us affiliated with IRISE encourage you to examine all of the exciting research on inequality that DU faculty and students are accomplishing and we collectively look forward to working with all of you to help us achieve our goals. 

2015 Diversity Summit IRISE Presentations