Happy New Year! We are incredibly excited to see what the year will bring. This past fall the 2018 cohort completed applications to graduate school. We are proud of their work and have heard from many about their admissions news. In the meantime, IRT staff traveled on recruitment visits, supported students in the advisement process, and geared up for the launch of the IRT application and new blog.
On Friday, November 30, I stood in a room of about 70 Dominicans and Haitians in the East Harlem church that the Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group, occupied to provide health services to their community in 1969. For 40 minutes I shared the floor with my colleague, France François, a Haitian human rights activist and founder of In Cultured Company [ICC]. Together, we weaved the colonial and post-colonial stories of Haiti and the Dominican Republic into a tapestry of recognition and mutuality, rather than racial conflict. ICC was launched in 2018 to provides workshops, facilitations, and conflict resolution tools to Dominicans and Haitians both on and off the island.
The ICC team (L-R) Alexis Francisco, Saudi Garcia,
France François, and Cassandre Theano. (photo credit: Kim Toledo)
IRT ’17 fellows Gabby Alvarez and Demar Lewis IV were selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars Program. As part of their selection, these scholars will receive an annual stipend, training, and counseling and will develop high-level leadership skills. Congrats Gabby and Demar!
More information on the foundation and program application details can be found on their website.
Educator, Researcher, and Author
Eliana Castro earned a B.A. in education and an M.A.T. in secondary history/social studies from Brown University in 2009 and 2010, respectively. She then taught in her hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts, until enrolling in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education Ph.D. program at Michigan State University in 2016. She is a proud IRT alum.
On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Leislie Godo-Solo, IRT education programs specialist, traveled to Brown University to conduct an IRT informational session for prospective students.
Later that evening, Leislie and Asabe Poloma, assistant dean for international students and associate director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Office of the Dean of the College, organized a dinner for IRT alumni near Brown’s campus.