IRT’s 29th Summer Workshop by Leislie Godo-Solo

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Leislie Godo-Solo, IRT ’91, Education Programs Specialist, IRT

Without a doubt, June and July are exciting months in the IRT office. As we embark upon school list advising with a new cohort of 166 IRT scholars, the office also is buzzing in anticipation of the 29th Summer Workshop and the arrival of 29 Interns. This year’s Interns will descend on Andover on July 2, 2019. The cohort is a diverse one representing 24 institutions:

Allegheny College
Bard College
Binghamton University
Brown University
California State University, Sacramento
City College
Columbia University
Davidson College
Emory University
Morehouse College
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Queens College
Salem State University
Scripps College
Smith College
Southern University
Spelman College
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Pittsburg
University of Texas, Austin
Vassar College
Wayne State University

Summer Workshop Faculty

A talented and dynamic group of faculty will be in residence to work with the Interns this summer. Returning faculty members Heather Cherie Moore Roberson, IRT ’07 and Elizabeth Gil, IRT ’95/’11 will lead a team of five new IRT alumni faculty members.

Dr. Moore Roberson is an Assistant Professor of Community & Justice Studies and Black Studies at Allegheny College, PA. She teaches courses on community organizing, black social justice issues, multicultural education, and Black rural communities. Currently, she is drafting her first manuscript titled Screening Black Boys:  Snapshots of Black Boys on Television, which is under advance contract with Peter Lang Publishing.


Dr. Gil teaches in the Department of Administrative and Instruction Leadership at St. John’s University and her research interests encompass culturally relevant teaching and leadership, the ways schools meet the needs of culturally relevant teaching and leadership, and community engaged scholarship. She is a former NYC Public School teacher with more than 10 years of teaching experience.


New Faculty

Dr. Delice Williams, IRT ’96 is an Assistant Professor of English and the Associate Director of Composition at the University of Delaware. Her current research focuses on environmental justice and representations of the body in contemporary South Asian fiction. More generally, her research interests include contemporary Global Anglophone fiction, particularly that of South Asian. Delice is pleased to return to Phillips Academy, Andover, where she began her teaching career as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of English.

Jaymon Ortega, IRT ’15 a Higher Education professional. Over the past five years, he has occupied roles addressing issues of equity and social justice. Jaymon completed a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling at the University of Southern California (USC). In the fall of 2019, he will begin his pursuit of a Ph.D. degree in Urban Education Policy with an emphasis in Higher Education at USC. As a faculty member for the Summer Workshop, he plans to empower and motivate students to thrive in graduate school and beyond.

Kat Stephens, IRT ’13 is a second-year Ph.D. candidate of Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on the experiences and racial identity formation of Black immigrant and international students, particularly, Afro Caribbean. Further, Kat investigates the impact(s) of mis-identifying Black matriculated students and their familial and culture norms in using on campus resources such as counseling or disability services.

Endia Hayes, IRT ’16 is a second-year doctoral student in Sociology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Currently, she explores enslaved Black women’s use of nourishment through food as a way to navigate violence on Southern plantations, specifically in Texas. Inspired by the works of Black feminist scholars, such as Denise Ferreira da Silva, Ida B. Wells, and bell hooks, Endia believes in unearthing the various methods of how Black women use their bodies to propose alternative methodologies and praxes while expanding Sociology’s approach to studying people of color. As an IRT Intern, Endia found IRT to be a formative space for students of color to learn, grow, and prosper.

Abdul Abad, IRT ’13 is a third-year doctoral student and Master’s of Arts Advisor in the Higher and Postsecondary Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Motivated by an interest in the transformative potential of technology and its epistemological and ethical dimensions, Abdul’s research agenda focuses on topics such as improving the quality of online teaching and learning, philosophical foundations of higher education, college affordability, and research methodology. His forthcoming publication titled “Racially Liberating Pedagogy: A Black Lives Matter Approach to Education” will be published in the International Journal of Qualitative Studies.

Innovations & Changes
Additionally, a number of exciting innovations and changes have been made to the structure and format of the Summer Workshop with the goal of serving our students more holistically. During the first three days of the Workshop, students will be acclimated to the Summer Workshop goals and culture, while class seminars begin on the fourth day. Wellness Day has been expanded and is a topic of discussion throughout the Workshop so that Interns can model work and life balance for themselves and others.

This year’s Summer Workshop text is Sing Unburied Sing, by Jesmyn Ward. 

 During Recruiters Weekend, approximately 20 IRT alumni will return to campus to sit on the Graduate Student Panel and the Careers in Education Panel. Moreover, they will facilitate a number of seminars including “Preparing Your Elevator Pitch,” “Connecting with Faculty, and Takeaways from the Summer Workshop.”  The addition of the University of Washington and the University of Notre Dame strengthens an already stellar consortium.  The deans will gather on Saturday morning for breakfast and the graduate fairs will be held on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Recruiters Weekend Fair

As you can imagine, the energy in the office is electric as we prepare to welcome the 29th IRT class of Summer Workshop Interns to Andover.  Moreover, and in advance, we want to thank all of the individuals who have committed their energy and time in assisting the IRT staff with any portion of the Summer Workshop!

Let’s chat, what was your biggest takeaway from the Summer Workshop and/ or Recruiters Weekend?

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