Past Programs

Brown Bag Series  Director's Critical Issues Program

The events in this series are generated by a year-long collaboration between scholars and activists who identify a community need and design a community mobilization project to address that need. Critical Issues events are scholarly, practice-based, and activist oriented and focused on a different theme each year.

Brown Bag Series  Visiting Scholar Program

IRRPP has hosted two Scholars-in-Residence whose work has examined the policies, practices, and ideologies that perpetuate racial and ethnic injustice in the contemporary United States.

A member of the sociology faculty at Sarah Lawrence College in New York during her tenure at IRRPP, Professor Macías-Rojas' project involved work on her first book, Laws of Exclusion: Criminalizing Immigrants in the Post-civil Rights Era. This work investigates the convergence of immigration and criminal law within U.S.-Mexico border enforcement and traces this convergence to the rights revolution of the 1960s when the formal recognition of rights for migrants led to a greater intersection between immigration and crime control. Learn more by reading about her Visiting Scholar Lecture.


Dr. Macías-Rojas is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andrew Mellon Program in Latin American Sociology, Social Science Research Council, and Center for Latino Policy Research at the University of California-Berkeley. Prior to earning her doctorate in sociology at UC Berkeley, she was trained as a community organizer at the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) in Oakland, CA.  She is a native of the Pilsen neighborhood on Chicago's Southside.

Erica Meiners is an educator, author, and social justice activist. She teaches at Northeastern Illinois University and St. Leonard's Adult High School (a school for men and women who have been incarcerated).

Brown Bag Series  Race& Series

Events in this multi-format series examine the intersection between race/ethnicity and other forms of subordination such as class, gender, sexuality, and disability.

Brown Bag Series  Policy Practicum

A two-part event that includes a public discussion & invited workshop, this series invites leading scholars in race and public policy to help UIC faculty members develop the policy dimensions of their research on race by establishing best