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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality

Welcome to the New IRISE 2.0 Website

"Nothing is so unequal as the equal treatment of unequal people."    Aristotle

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 community engaged projects in health and education.  On this website, you will find a comprehensive list of our research, programs for students & faculty, events, funding opportunities, academic & community partners.  Additionally, you will find a public scholarship page of resources for education and health inequality research and advocacy including scholarly works, reports, data, and maps. 

This is just the beginning as IRISE works to prioritize racial inequality as a core research area across various disciplines.  We welcome your feedback as we continue to develop our website into a robust resource for faculty, students and the community.



Register HERE for OTL's White Fragility Faculty Learning Community this fall

White Fragility

Congratulations to IRISE Postdoc Alfredo Huante; winner of the ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities James E. Blackwell Best Graduate Student Paper Award. "A Lighter Shade of Brown? Racial Formation and Gentrification in Latino Los Angeles," (forthcoming in Social Problems) selected for making important theoretical and empirical contributions to the field of racism and race relations.

Check out the latest article by Postdoctoral Fellow David Barillas Chón :   Indigenous Immigrant Youth's Understandings of Power: Race, Labor, and Language.  Association of Mexican American Educators Journal,

The last episode of the  IRISE RAGE PODCAST season 1 has been posted !  Click here for all episodes of Season 1 and stay tuned for Season 2 beginning Fall 2019


Working for racial equity on our campus & in our community

Journalism senior Grace Carson, has written a 5-part series for the Clarion titled, DU While Native. The first part of the series is now live online, and will be in the print edition that comes out today. Here is a link to the first story

A new story will be released every Monday for the next four weeks.

In this first story released today, Grace tells of her own experiences, including thoughts she had about possibly transferring from DU and the importance of telling the stories of Native students. In subsequent articles in the weeks to follow, she includes a review of the Sand Creek Massacre report, interviews with DU students and faculty that highlight their struggles and their resilience, and then concludes the series with hopes for the future of the university from her perspective and from that of other Indigenous students.

When the student newspaper has included stories of how our students of color have faced discrimination on campus, they are often met with negative reactions from long-ago alumni.  We ask that those of us who work to support our students of color and Indigenous students will instead flood these stories with messages of support and encouragement. Grace and her peers are brave to share the stories of their experiences with us.

Once you've had a chance to read these stories, please do leave a note on the Clarion's Facebook page, tweet a note to the Clarion @DU or to @GraceCarsonnn or drop a note in feedback to the Clarion to the email link at the end of the story.