Statement from IRISE on Today's Verdictby Tom I Romero II, IRISE Director
Resolutions for 2021: Expanding Our Political Imaginations & Practicing “Emotional Counterpublics” for Racial JusticeNew article by IRISE Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. May Lin
IRISE Team StatementWorking Together to Make Our World More Just & Equitable.
IRISE News & Events
April 29, 2021
Sonic Resistance: Indigenous Women & Social Justice
This panel examines the intersection of sound (music, dance, and performance) and social justice in Indigenous communities in North America. In collaboration with DU’s The Spirituals Project, we will consider the way music and sound challenge the spaces of settler society. Established and emerging indigenous scholars will interrogate the intersection of sound and resistance.
Friday, February 26th
Developing community based health promotion interventions through ceremonially- based participatory research and praxis
Join IRISE on Feb. 26th for a discussion with Dr. Karina Walters!
12-1:30pm Colloquiem + Q&A: Register HERE
1:30-2:30pm Native Community Visit: Register HERE
September 19, 2020
Connecting Colorado for Fair Redistricting
Co-hosted by IRISE, Colorado College and the League of Women Voters, this full day event will feature a series of panels addressing Colorado's redistricting process and how community organizations and the public can participate.
September 18, 2020
IRISE Virtual Kickoff!
Join us in welcoming our new family members and learn how to engage in our work this year!
- 12-1:30pm MST
August 6, 2020
"Fighting racism: Building coalition among racial minorities"
New piece by IRISE Affiliate Faculty Haider Khan !
"The protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by four Minneapolis Police officers rightfully reflected waves of anger and activism in the United States and beyond. The atrocious incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin this week where a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed African-American man, 7 times in front of his kids, proves that the heartbreaking assertion of “I can’t breathe, officer!” was not just the plea of Floyd to survive. These words also symbolize historical demands of the black people to be treated fairly and equally in the United States."
April 10, 2020
Introducing Remember X
The Remember X Project is a testimony of student demands and resilience in the face of exclusion, hate, and oppression at the University of Denver. Envisioned and created by undergraduate and graduate students with the support of faculty and staff, this project aims to transform DU's culture to one of sustained inclusivity that honors both the experiences and voices of all community members.
Visit Remember X on Instagram !
- University of Denver
The R.A.G.E. Podcast
Power and Control: A Conversation on Combatting Sexual Violence in the Community with Grace WankelmanSeason 4: The Catalyst, Episode 7: Host Caris Fox and guest Grace Wankelman introduce the We Can DU Better movement and the We Can Do Better campaign, offering a behind-the-scenes glance at the process of starting the movement and balancing life as a student and activist. This episode deep dives into subjects around sexual violence such as the words “me too” being both a heart-wrenching statement to hear, but also one that combats feelings of isolation and shame among survivors. This episode includes discussion on the role of the friend or family member in a survivor’s life, representation in media of healthy sexual relationships, rape jokes, intersectionality within the discussion of sexual violence, transformative justice, and the word “survivor”. Join us for a necessary conversation during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).
We Can DU Better: https://www.instagram.com/wecandubetter/?hl=en
We Can Do Better Campaign: https://www.instagram.com/thedobettercampaign/?hl=en
The Blue Bench: https://thebluebench.org/
Proyecto Sobremesa: Radical Imagination, Accountability, and the Future – A conversation with Bobby LeFebre and Ozioma AloziemSeason 4: The Catalyst Episode 6. Guest host Dr. Ramona Beltrán and guests Bobby Lefebre and Ozioma Aloziem introduce Proyecto Sobremesa, a project that gathers and engages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists and cultural workers in six separate eight-person dinners to discuss and plan a liberated future. What does accountability look like when it is based in love? What innovative ideas and solutions come to light when spaces for community exist? Join us for a conversation that highlights the need for radical imagination, accountability, and collaboration in creating the world we desire.
NDN Collective: https://ndncollective.org/
Alternate Roots: https://alternateroots.org/
National Society of Latino Arts and Culture: https://www.nalac.org/
Future Gazing: An interview with international educator and Director of Department of the Future’s, Mark GonzalesSeason 4: The Catalyst,, Episode 5: Guest host Dr. Ramona Beltrán and international educator and director of Department of the Future, Mark Gonzales, define futurism and the power of radical imagination in creating an equitable world. This episode honors and acknowledges what is while envisioning what can be. What would the world look like if care and empathy are at the forefront? What would it be like to live in a world where anti-racist work is no longer necessary? Join us for a conversation to both radically reimagine and actively manifest the future.
Courses Taught By IRISE Post Docs
Hip Hop As Medicine
Critical Race & Ethnic Studies
Fridays: 12:00 - 3:40 pm
This course introduces the economic, ideological, and cultural roles of media in our society and racial hegemony. Students will have the opportunity of participating in a community-engagement project focused on hip-hop with youth from the Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP).Sign Up For Class
Women Writing Resistance
Monday & Wednesdays: 2:00 - 3:50 pm
Poets, bloggers, novelists, reporters, mothers, daughters, activists, survivors; Women have always written our resistance to systems and structures that would relegate us to second-class status.
In this class, we will read, discuss, and analyze resistance writing by women from late 20th and early 21st centuries. We will also write our own narratives of resistance.
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Critical Latinx Indigeneities & Higher Education
Indigenous Latinx (IL) children and youth are a growing population that has often been rendered invisible in U.S. Schools. These Indigenous children and youth are often subsumed within the "Latina/o/x" and/or "Hispanic" category that homogenizes what it means to be "Latinx" or Latin American. Such homogenization, which is a continuation of colonial projects, erases Indigenous peoples' backgrounds and identities while creating dominant radicalized and linguistic categories (e.g., "white", "Latina/o/x", "Hispanic"). An outcome of this homogenization is the reproduction of inequitable power dynamics.
In this doctoral seminar, we will examine the intersections of Latix Indigeneities and Higher Education to better understand how Indigenous Latinx communities define and constitute Indigeneity across multiple and overlapping colonialities and racial geographies, and, especially, how these experiences overlap with and shape their educational experiences.Sign Up For Class