Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place & Law

Statement of Principles

The following principles inform our teaching, scholarship, activism, and organization:

  • Antiessentialism – We resist attributing particular sets of traits to particular groups, or to individual members of those groups.
  • Antisubordination – We are concerned about subordination, power, and substantive justice, rather than mere formal equal treatment.
  • Globalism – We believe that subordination is both a local and a global phenomenon, and that our principles and values can inform and be informed by subordinated communities, both domestically and internationally.
  • Hegemony – We believe that power works not only directly and coercively but also hegemonically – that power affects the ways people perceive “reality” as well as their understandings of what constitutes “knowledge” about the world.
  • History – We believe that critical engagement with history is centrally important to understanding how power operates through race, gender, sexuality, and class to de-center and marginalize the lived experiences of subordinated peoples.
  • Intersectionality – We recognize the multidimensionality of individual identity and the complex, mutually reinforcing relationships among systems of subordination.
  • “Meritocracy” – We question the notion of “meritocracy,” and the assumption that standards of “merit” can be neutral under current social conditions.
  • Multiplicity of Non-Whiteness – We recognize that non-whiteness takes many forms and has varied impacts.
  • Praxis – We believe in doing as well as talking, in working to make real change in the world.
  • Privilege – We believe that group based privilege, such as race, class, gender, and heterosexual privilege, are pervasive in society.
Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208