Illustration: DU’s IRISE Institute used this poster to promote undergraduate sessions. Note the Denver Boone image filled with arrows and a sign stating, “Decolonization Territory – No Pioneers Allowed”.
A University of Denver institute is teaching DU students to protest against what the institute calls DU’s “historical and present-day oppressive toxic campus environment(s)”, and using Denver Boone and the word “Pioneers” as explicit targets of the online sessions as they “demand institutional change”.
On April 17 and 24, DU’s own Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (in)Equality (IRISE) held virtual Zoom meetings with undergraduates. The stated purpose of the first two sessions was to introduce “students to examples of student resistance, protest, and activism” and featured activists from other campuses.
With the full support and funding of the University of Denver administration, DU administrators and professors have moved away from more traditional tools of civil engagement, collaboration and discourse and, essentially, are promoting resistance and protest instead.
IRISE is led by Tom I. Romero, II J.D., Ph.D., and supported by post-doctoral fellows, visiting scholars and affiliated faculty.
EDITORIAL UPDATE: As of May 1, 2020, the event posters pictured above are no longer displayed on the IRISE web site.