This year, the IRT committed itself to serve more students and just admitted our biggest class! We will assist 121 students through the Ph.D. process, and 45 students through the master’s degree process. In sum, we will support 166 students. Nearly half of our class identifies as Black or African American, 37% identify as Latinx, 18% identify as Asian, and 1% of our cohort identify as Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.
Within the past year, our number of institutions increased from 85 to 100! This increase to 100 institutions would not have been possible without our alumni, who hosted information sessions on their campuses — THANK YOU! Over the past three years, we also doubled the number of HBCU institutions. We hope to build this trend and aim to increase it in three years. If you attended an HBCU, or are currently working at an HBCU as a faculty member or administrator, I encourage you to reach out to me regarding ways we can collaborate to ensure we can identify and recruit additional students at HBCU’s.
We are always in search of alumni recruiters from any institution and are eager for your help. We also wanted to send a quick shout out to Tara Holman, IRT ’18 for referring four students to the IRT this year! Dr. Zach Morales, IRT ’03, Dr. Kris Klein Hernandez, IRT ’13, Cera Smith, IRT ’15, and Maria Fernanda Palomares, IRT ’18, thank you all for referring three students each!
As we gear up to the next season, I would love to discuss: How many students are you committed to referring to the IRT this year?