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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality

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Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE)



Imagining America defines public scholarship as scholarly or creative activity that joins serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence. It includes:

  • Scholarly and creative work jointly planned and carried out by university and community partners;
  • Intellectual work that produces a public good;
  • Artistic, critical, and historical work that contributes to public debates;
  • Efforts to expand the place of public scholarship in higher education, including the development of new programs and research on the successes of such efforts.

— "Scholarship in Public," the Report of the Tenure Team Initiative of Imagining America

The IRISE Public Scholarship Library provides an overview of resources available for public and academic use and includes links to public data, scholarly publications, reports, maps and multi-media products to assist in research and advocacy projects with a focus on education, health, housing, poverty and job inequality in the state of Colorado.  While the resources provided on these pages are far from comprehensive, they are designed to provide a baseline knowledge of inequality issues in the Rocky Mountain region.  Resources are added weekly, so please check back regularly!  To submit a new resource to the site, or for recommendations, please email [email protected] .