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
Tom Romero



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

Our Work

Our Work
Black women of DU History

Seeking Grace

Seeking Grace addresses several issues common to history-diversity initiatives, which often do not explicitly center communities they seek to document in the process as "epistemic partners" who drive the work.

Read More
The lobby of North Highschool - steps and ornate doors

This is My Denver

With support from Esteban Gómez, and Tribal Zyphers, students at North High School will produce short-form documentaries featuring spoken word poetry.

Read More
people in line at unemployment office

Jobs with Justice

Dr. Sigumbe Muyeba and Dr. Rebecca Galemba of Korbel are leading a Jobs With Justice evaluation project of the I-70 corridor construction job targets for women and minorities set by Denver City Council. 

Read More

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. 

Two women on computers