Working Towards Racial Justice Through Research, Scholarship and Creative Work


We facilitate cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative works promoting equality and equity in historically underrepresented communities on issues of inequality, social justice and inclusivity.

"The work of IRISE is about joining with underserved and underrepresented communities to dismantle systems of oppression and inequity."

Tom I. Romero, II | J.D., Ph.D. IRISE Founder & Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion
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Dr. Romero shares his research on racially restrictive covenants and their impact on segregation and integration in Denver. | The Thread That Ties Segregation to Gentrification

IRISE Impact

Our Grantees

IRISE has developed its existing programming to include a variety of opportunities for students, faculty and the community to engage in research and advocacy projects related to inequality including, but not limited to, project grants, workshops, lecture series, course development and community outreach.   

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Our Voice

We center the voices of historically marginalized communities through our events, blogs and our support of the R.A.G.E Podcast. Check back regularly to learn what is happening on campus and with our community partners.

Our Impact

The impact of IRISE is felt across campus and throughout the Denver Metro Area. Much of our work is highlighted in recent publications, media appearances, videos and our annual report. 

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