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Iván Arenas

Senior Associate Director, Community Partnerships

Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy


Building & Room:

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs


412 S. Peoria Street, Suite 219

Office Phone:

(312) 996-5294


Iván Arenas is an Associate Director at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy where he works to support engaged research that aims to increase society’s understanding of the root causes of racial and ethnic inequality and create research-based policy solutions and collective action. Trained as an anthropologist and architect, his research focuses on how social movements use creative art practices to establish solidarities beyond the state. Dr. Arenas is a practicing artist and has curated three yearlong exhibits at UIC that have mobilized and extended his research on the intersection between protest practices, social transformation, and aesthetics.

Beyond the University, he is active as a member of Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Chicago United for Equity, the Pilsen Housing Cooperative, and the Chicago ACT Collective.

Dr. Arenas has an undergraduate degree from Columbia College of Columbia University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.