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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality

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Welcome to IRISE!

As students at DU, there are many ways to be involved with IRISE including both graduate and undergraduate student research, creative projects, and professional development grants. As well as the opportunity to become affiliated with IRISE in order to disseminate your own research and gain access to faculty research at DU. 

Borstein Somoza Scholar Prep Program (BSP)

The Borstein Somoza Scholar Prep Program 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 Master's 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, BSP is aimed to provide students with impactful research opportunities, social and cultural support, meaningful mentorship, and personal growth. 

Roger Salters Institute (RSI)

Entering its fourth year, the Roger Salters Institute is a program designed to encourage and support graduate students from historically marginalized groups and women to pursue faculty and administrative positions in academia. The Salters Institute provides graduate students with insights, information, and strategies from faculty and administrators who have spent their careers navigating the racialized and gendered reality of academe.

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.