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

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IRISE 2.0 Press Release: Join us as we re-imagine the next phase for IRISE

In its four short years, IRISE has established itself as a prominent and essential institute within the DU community and beyond. Now, IRISE is preparing for its next innovative and progressive phase: IRISE 2.0!

As a part of the DU Grand Challenges initiative and IMPACT 2025, IRISE is re-envisioning its work around creating solutions to those racial equity gaps in education, health, income, housing, and employment that persist throughout the state and region. Specifically, in a campus-wide effort for DU to have a collective impact on reducing racial disparities in Colorado, IRISE will direct its resources to align and collaborate with others around the state who are responding to many of the issues identified in the Rocky Mountain PBS Losing Ground Report.

Beginning now, IRISE will spend the winter and spring quarters of the 2017-18 academic year engaging with faculty, department chairs, on-campus institutes and centers, and off-campus partners towards building out its next phase of impactful and collaborative scholarship, teaching, and leadership. In the 2018-19 academic year, IRISE will launch into a two-year initiative, drawing together the DU community, local communities, legislative communities, and all those interested in investing toward closing racial equity gaps in Colorado. Join us!  Read more about this next phase, here.

IRISE Announces DU Graduate Student Conference Presentation Grant Funding

The Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality Conference Presentation Grant seeks to promote DU's graduate students doing research on issues of inequality, social justice, and inclusivity.  All DU graudate students including MA/MS and Ph.D./Ed.D. students are eligible for grant funding for qualified conferences.  

For more information on the grant, please see the IRISE rubric for submission, here

Recent Events

Check out photos from IRISE's 2017 Summer Roger Salters Institute HERE

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.

Visit the site at www.du.edu/risc.

Resources

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, RSI continues his work by engaging graduate students from historically marginalized populations with the opportunity to learn from faculty how to navigate one's identity in the Academy. Dr. Salters was a tenured faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at DU and a prominent role model for advancing diversity at DU. RSI furthers the work he began in challenging inequity in academic spaces by supporting doctoral students through the many challenges they may face in their educational journeys.
  • 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.