Alumni Accolades – January 2020

~1995 Cohort~

Dr. Tiffany M. Gill, IRT ’95  authored an article for the Washington Post entitled, How a black female fashion designer laid the groundwork for Ghana’s ‘Year of Returnearlier this month. Gill is also the author of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry (University of Illinois Press, 2010) which was awarded the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize by the Association of Black Women Historians.

Tiffany M. Gill, Ph.D.

Dr. Gill’s research has been supported by the American Association of University Women and the National Endowment of the Humanities. A recipient of the 2010 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate education, Dr. Gill was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians in 2015. In 2018, Diverse Issues in Higher Education recognized her as one of the top 25 women in higher education and serves as a consultant for the global beauty brand Sephora. Professor Gill is currently working on a book manuscript chronicling the promise and peril of African American international leisure travel since World War One.

Gill participated in the IRT Summer Workshop as faculty during 1998 – 2000. She is currently an associate professor of Africana studies and history at the University of Delaware. You can find her on social media @SableVictorian.

~2002 Cohort~

Laura Chavez-Moreno, IRT ’02/’10 is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She will be joining UCLA’s César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies as a tenure-track assistant professor in Fall 2021.

~2009 Cohort~

Sakeena Everett, IRT ’09 is a  winner of the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Alan C. Purves Award for her article, “Untold Stories” : Cultivating Consequential Writing with a Black Male Student through a Critical Approach to Metaphor.

Everett 2019 Purves Award





~2018 Cohort~

Joy Houlder, IRT ’18 recently wrote and published her own book, Calvin Dreams

Calvin Dreams is a children’s book that showcases a black child named Calvin, exploring his fantastic and peculiar dreams with his stuffed bunny sidekick. Calvin and his bunny bravely dive into incredible dream worlds to explore the unknown, achieve the impossible, challenge fears, and even visit celestial loved ones. This book is meant to inspire children to dream and achieve outside of the box, especially children of color who have rarely observed themselves as the positive protagonist in a book.

Houlder is currently an Intercultural University Assistant at Eastern Connecticut State University and an Art Instructor at Art-Ventures for Kids.

~2019 Cohort~

Ashleigh Smith, IRT ’19 is a winner of the Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award from her undergraduate institution, Duke University. Founded in 1997, The Samuel DuBois Cook Society was established to honor Dr. Cook, a retired Duke University professor who was the first African-American professor to hold a regular faculty appointment at a predominantly white college or university in the South. The society recognizes the years of service that Dr. Cook has offered to Duke University, to the cause of African-American advancement, and to the betterment of relations between people of all backgrounds. The award recognizes community members who follow Dr. Cook’s example of social activism and leadership.

Ashleigh is currently studying art history and museum theory and practice at Duke University. She is waiting on admission news for PhD programs in Art History.



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