This Digital Age Reveals the Truth about Racism and Premeditation

By Dr. Awendela Grantham, IRT ’05

Dr. Grantham is a faculty member in the Department of History and Political Science at North Carolina A&T State University.  She is a Digital Learning Faculty Fellow at the University this summer.  This article includes part of her research about the impact of technology on African Americans.

 No longer!  We will no longer tolerate a lie when our cell phones record the truth. Racism is the ugly reality that slaps us in the face as the world watches an 8 minute and 46 second video of a black man being suffocated by the police. The various cell phone videos reveal more than the agitated bystanders’ perspectives—the cameras reveal the Minneapolis policemen’s motives.

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Executive Letter, July 2020

Brooks photoWhat a time.

At the beginning of the year, sitting in the chapel, I reflected on Andover’s theme of the year. Justice. Little did I know that this theme would permeate our work on campus, and also the work of our global community.

Like many of you, I do not know what the future holds. What I do know is that if we trust our foundations, and keep working in the path of social justice, we will be ok. To reach the level of comfort with the unknown, I needed to take a step back and reflect on the theme from the previous year — gratitude.

I am grateful for the staff, students, and supporters of the IRT as we all work together to ensure a more just world. Our most recent matriculating class navigated their unique hurdles in this process, and we are so proud and grateful for the opportunity to support you.

To our newly entered class, thank you for maintaining your faith in the future. We are excited to work with you and learn alongside you.

We are eager to imagine a better world with you.





LaShawnda Brooks
Executive Director, IRT

2019 IRT Cohort Matriculation

Congratulations to the 2019 IRT Cohort as they begin their journey to graduate school. Our students will be matriculating to the consortium and non-consortium institutions listed in the chart below. For additional details by student, refer to our earlier post –A Big Congratulations to the 2019 IRT Cohort!

2019 IRT Student Matriculation

Boston College - 2
Boston University - 1
Brown University - 4
Brown University/University of Wisconsin - 1
California State University, Long Beach* - 1
Central Michigan University* - 1
City University of New York* - 1
Columbia University - 2
Duke University - 2
Emory University - 1
George Washington University - 1
Harvard University - 4
Harvard Divinity School* - 1
Howard University* - 1
London School of Economics* - 1
Michigan State University, Education - 1
New York University - 3
Northwestern University - 3
Pennsylvania State University* - 2
Princeton University - 1
Purdue University - 2
Rutgers University - 1
San Francisco State University* - 1
Seattle University* - 1
Stanford University - 5
SUNY Albany* - 1
Teachers College, Columbia University - 3
The Ohio State University* - 2
University of California, Berkeley - 2
University of California, Davis - 5
University of California, San Diego - 2
University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University* - 1
University of California, Los Angeles* - 4
University of California, Santa Cruz* - 1
University of Georgia* - 1
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign* - 1
University of Kansas* - 1
University of Maine - 1
University of Maryland, College Park - 3
University of Michigan - 6
University of Minnesota* - 1
University of Pennsylvania - 4
University of Rhode Island - 1
University of Rochester - 2
University of Vermont - 1
University of Virginia - 2
University of Washington - 1
University of Wisconsin-Madison - 2
Vanderbilt University - 2
Washington State University - 2
Yale University - 2
* denotes non-consortium institution. 100 students from the 2019 cohort are matriculating to graduate school.13 students are not matriculating; 12 students' plans are unknown; Total of 125 students in the 2019 cohort. 



IRT 2020 Cohort

IRT Welcomes 2020 Cohort

For the safety and wellbeing of our scholars, the IRT has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s summer workshop. Instead of our average 30 interns and 100 associates, we will be supporting a total of 139 scholars for the 2020-2021 cohort! 58% of the class will be pursuing fields in the Arts & Sciences while 42% are pursuing Education tracks.

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Reflections from J.T. Roane, IRT ’08

I have the honor of serving as the co-editor of Black Perspectives, the award-winning digital platform of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) along with Dr. Sasha Turner. Dr. Keisha Blain founded the site in 2017 with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi serving as associate editor. Black Perspectives emerged as an outgrowth of the original AAIHS blog founded by Dr. Chris Cameron in 2014 as part of his efforts to build AAIHS. I began writing for the platform in 2017, in 2018 I became an associate editor, and in January 2019, I assumed the role of senior editor.

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