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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."

IRISE Summer 2015 Workshop: Race, Identity, & politics in Research

Dr. Frank Tuitt will be leading a continuous writing intensive workshop starting July, 2015. See the updated flyer for dates and more information. Please note corrected dates.

July 7, 9, 22, 23, & August 4, 6
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Location TBA

This writing intensive workshop will examine topics, issues, methodologies, and problems related to the impact of race and identity in educational research. Specifically, the objectives of this workshop are:

  • To develop familiarity with various approaches to research and published scholarship, especially as they relate to the study of race in education.
  • To develop an in-depth understanding of the theoretical underpinnings, salient research, and methodological approaches that situate race at the center of educational research process.
  • To explore the benefits and challenges of using race as an analytical construct in educational research.
  • To develop understanding of how your own racial identity informs the way you engage in and think about educational research.

Participants must be working toward one of the following:

  • dissertation chapter
  • dissertation proposal
  • comprehensive paper
  • potential publication

Enrollment will be limited to 16 participants.
Please submit a bio and writing abstract to
Deadline: July 3, 2015

See Flyer here:

Critical Cultural Studies Lecture Series & CME Celebration Week

On Wednesday, May 6th, CME and IRISE will be bringing to campus one of the foremost scholars on race, Dr. Bonilla-Silva.  This will be our kick off to a week of great events. There will be two opportunities to hear Dr. Bonilla-Silva speak:

Please also check out our list of events the week of May 4 th

There are so many ways to engage in Inclusive Excellence at DU!  

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