Ramona Beltran

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work


Kate Crowe

Associate Professor, Curator of Archives and Special Collections, University Libraries


Sheila Davis

Assistant Research Professor, University College


Kristin Deal

Interim Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Deb Ortega

Professor, Graduate School of Social Work


Sarah Pessin

Professor, Philosophy and Director, Center for Judaic Studies


Tom Romero

Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence Research and Curriculum and Associate Professor, Sturm College of Law


Aaron Schneider

Associate Professor and Leo Block Chair, Josef Korbel School of International Studies


Frank Tuitt

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on Inclusive Excellence

The Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) is now focusing on racial inequality affecting lives in Colorado and the larger Rocky Mountain West. In recognition of the region’s longstanding and on-going racial inequality, IRISE will work with leaders and agencies poised to create significant change. Through community-engaged research, problem-centered teaching and policy development, IRISE will tackle racial equity gaps in health and education.

We have now created a series of projects, objectives, and community impact assessments that will drive a two-year initiative beginning in Fall 2018 to draw together the DU community, local communities, legislative communities, and all those interested in closing racial equity gaps in healthcare and education in Colorado and the surrounding Rocky Mountain West.