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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality

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"The truth is that human beings have deep-seated psychological responses to inequality and social hierarchy. The tendency to equate outward wealth with inner worth means that inequality colours our social perceptions. It invokes feelings of superiority and inferiority, dominance and subordination – which affect the way we relate to and treat each other.  As we looked at the data, it became clear that, as well as health and violence, almost all the problems that are more common at the bottom of the social ladder are more common in more unequal societies – including mental illness, drug addiction, obesity, loss of community life, imprisonment, unequal opportunities and poorer well-being for children. The effects of inequality are not confined to the poor. A growing body of research shows that inequality damages the social fabric of the whole society."  --~ Richard Wilkinson


IRISE 2.0 has identified racial inequality in education and health as its main focus of research for the 2018-2020 academic years.  Specifically, the research mission of IRISE 2.0 is to support community engaged interdisciplinary research that addresses racial disparity through qualitative or quantitative methodology, creative works, as well as projects that provide policy prescription or analysis.   Given the interrelated nature of education, health, housing, and income, we will consider all projects that illuminate the impact of racial inequality in our region consistent with the vision of DU Impact 2025.