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ThinkIR: The Collective

The Collective: A BIPOC ThinkIR Initiative


The Collective: A BIPOC ThinkIR Initiative aims to uplift BIPOC faculty at the University of Louisville by highlighting their research and providing open-access to BIPOC-produced scholarship through our institutional repository.

By featuring a BIPOC faculty research collection in our institutional repository, we hope to encourage scholars of all disciplines to intentionally seek out the research and scholarship of their BIPOC colleagues.

BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

"We use the term BIPOC to highlight the unique relationship to whiteness that Indigenous and Black (African Americans) people have, which shapes the experiences of and relationship to white supremacy for all people of color within a U.S. context in order to undo Native invisibility, anti-Blackness, dismantle white supremacy and advance racial justice."

- The BIPOC Project

"Decolonizing research and data is a crucial part of realizing systemic change for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities."

- The Research Justice Center & Coalition of Communities of Color


We recognize that faculty who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color are underrepresented and marginalized in academia. According to the Higher Education Research Institute's 2016-2017 faculty survey, there were large gaps between what and BIPOC scholars feeling a need to work harder to be perceived as a legitimate scholar. "Substantially more Black (72.2%), Asian (70.7%), Latino/a (70.6%), and Native American (66.7%) faculty perceived a need to work harder than their peers to gain legitimacy compared to just 46.8% of White faculty who felt similarly."

chart showing percentages of men and women by race who felt the need to work harder due to race or gender



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Be Included in the Collection

If you would like to be included in our BIPOC scholars collection and already have a profile in ThinkIR, please email to let us know you would like your profile to be added to the collection. 

If you would like to be included in the collection and do not already have a profile, please fill out the ThinkIR Intake Form. 


Citation Diversity Statement

"Evaluating our reference lists is a practice of holding ourselves accountable but also of teaching ourselves about our fields and increasing awareness for others."

-Zurn, P., Bassett, D. S., & Rust, N. C. (2020). The citation diversity statement: a practice of transparency, a way of life. Trends in Cognitive Sciences,24(9), 670.