As of today, RISE is now the Research Initiative on Social Justice and Equity.
We have also updated our mission statement and objectives to reflect the necessarily interdisciplinary nature of our work, and our focus on work that, although often rooted in education, also reaches beyond areas traditionally defined as "education". We look forward to continuing growth, new and rich interdisciplinary collaborations, and continuing to use research as a tool for social justice and equity in Mississippi, the South, and society.
The new mission statement and objectives are found on the homepage of our website, and are copied below:
RISE is an interdisciplinary research team and community of faculty, staff, and students at The University of Southern Mississippi, based in the College of Education and Psychology. We are committed to critical inquiry regarding systemic inequalities, and to making real efforts toward equity in Mississippi and beyond. Our work began in, and remains deeply connected to, education – both in formal schooling and in informal settings. The RISE community of scholars and activists is interdisciplinary in nature, and we are working for social justice and equity in a broad range of areas. The RISE research team is particularly focused at this time on issues of race/ethnicity, social class difference, gender and sexual identity, public health, disability issues, and the intersection among these factors.
We work to accomplish this mission through the following objectives:
- Mentoring students in social justice research.
- Conducting outreach activities such as social justice movie nights, writing and research workshops, reading groups, and trainings.
- Engaging in advocacy efforts within and outside of Mississippi.
- Facilitating dialogue and encouraging awareness around systemic inequity.
- Disseminating research to promote social change.