Student Growth & Empowerment

Students with an interest in advancing racial justice with a focus on health and education equity should apply

Are you a student interested in advancing racial justice? 

Through its grant supported work, IRISE encourages its partners to hire students to work as research assistants on projects.  Preference is given to those students who are completing the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Minor or are pursuing projects (Honors Thesis, Masters of Dissertation theses) related to racial justice. Please review here for a list of projects or join the IRISE newsletter to learn when opportunities become available.


Graduate Students: Roger Salters Institute (RSI)

IRISE supports graduate students engaged in critical race and ethnic studies research and scholarship through the Roger Salters Institute.  RSI honors a distinguished DU faculty member who had a tremendous impact on historically underrepresented students at the university (read about Roger Salters).  Students involved in RSI explore tools for advancing racial justice scholarship and the ways in which our lived experiences connect and diverge with both the expectations of the academy and the communities with whom we collaborate.  


This year, RSI will focus on supporting scholar development through workshops and events focused on racially and socially just research methods, scholar identity and positionality, creative and impactful writing techniques and focused writing sessions, and navigating publication and the academy.  We will also offer an immersive writer’s retreat for participants. Learn more about the Roger Salters Program on our YouTube channel here


Undergraduate Students: Bornstein-Gómez & Somoza Rising Scholars (BGS)

Training for undergraduates as racial equity thought leaders

IRISE also supports undergraduate students through our newest program, the Bornstein-Gómez & Somoza Rising Scholars program (BGS). You can check out the homepage for the program here. 

The IRISE Bornstein-Gómez & Somoza (BGS) program seeks to transform the pipeline of those confronting racial and related forms of inequity in Higher Education and beyond. Through engaged mentorship and opportunities to conduct impactful community engaged data collection and research, BGS is training DU’s minoritized students to see the present and future of racial equity differently. Students in the BGS Program also receive support and guidance to enter graduate and professional programs, where they will hone expertise and further develop as racial equity leaders prepared for the workforce.  

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Student Activism

Remember X

The Remember X Project launched in early 2020 and is led by IRISE Graduate Assistant Caris Fox with support of IRISE Community Scholars and is a testimony of student demands and resilience in the face of exclusion, hate, and oppression at the University of Denver. 

The Remember X research builds institutional knowledge to emphasize the importance of inclusion, diversity, and equity in creating a safe learning environment for all students regardless of identity.  

The Remember X Project is the product of DU undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and the guidance of allies.

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