Social Movement Support Lab

Where University of Denver students, faculty, staff and alums work alongside communities fighting for racial justice

There may not be a more significant racial justice issue in the U.S. than the massive investment in the criminalization of people of color alongside the dramatic under-investment in the systems and strategies that would create healthier, safer, and more equitable communities nationwide. All across the country, grassroots-led racial justice movements have been fighting to dismantle these key drivers of systemic racism, but they need help. The Social Movement Support Lab at IRISE is dedicated to providing these mass movements with the multidisciplinary assistance they need to create transformative social change.

The Social Movement Support Lab operates through teams of students, faculty, staff, and alums that engage deeply with grassroots partners and provide them with a wide array of research, organizing, policy, legal, and communications support. Thus, students receive rich experiential learning opportunities and faculty, staff, and alums are able to apply their expertise in support of some of the most exciting and cutting-edge racial justice movements being led by communities of color from across Colorado and the U.S., including efforts to:

· Shrink the mass criminalization and incarceration systems

· Dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline

· Remedy the over-investment in the criminal justice and immigration enforcement systems and the under-investment in education, public health, and community well-being

-The Social Movement Support Lab also operates, which provides essential budgetary data on the expansion of mass criminalization and incarceration across the US

For more information, or to join our efforts, please contact Jim Freeman at 

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Jim Freeman

Civil Rights Lawyer & DU Law Adjunct Faculty

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