Alumni Accolades, June 2021

Daniel Peña, IRT ‘09 moderated a special virtual Fulbright event, Roger Rosenblatt: The Writing Life, on May 14th. The event highlighted the literary career of Roger Rosenblatt, writer, author, professor, Emmy Award winner, Peabody Award winner, and 1965 Fulbright U.S. Student to Ireland.

Peña is a Pushcart Prize-winning writer, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Houston- Downtown and author of Bang: A Novel. He received an MFA from Cornell University. More information on Peña is available on his website.


Sonya Brooks, IRT ’19 spoke for Brown University’s commencement this past May. Brooks is a 2021 graduate who earned a master’s degree in Urban Education Policy. She is continuing her studies at the PhD program for Urban Schooling at the University of California, Los Angeles. Congratulations, Sonya!


2021 NAEd/Spencer Awards

The National Academy of Education in partnership with the Spencer Foundation announced the recipients of their professional development fellowship programs. Two IRT scholars were among the awardees.

Congratulations to Irteza Binte-Farid, IRT’ 11 selected as an awardee of the 2021 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellows.

Binte-Farid is pursuing a joint degree in Education and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a MEd in Education and Policy Management from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in History from Stanford University.

Congratulations to Seanna Leath, IRT ’12 selected as an awardee of the 2021 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows.

Dr. Leath is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Virginia where she heads the Fostering Healthy Identities and Resilience lab. Leath holds a PhD in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan and a BA in Africana Studies from Pomona College.


Current IRT scholar Abby Katz, IRT’21 was a recipient of one of the 2021 National Scholars Program scholarships, which is part of the James Beard Foundation. Abby will be pursuing her doctorate in food policy, history, and health equity.


Charlinda Haudley, IRT’16 is involved in organizations that impact students and families in the Greater Tucson area. Haudley is currently serving on theBoard of Directors for Higher Ground a Resource Center. She is also working in the Tucson LEAD Class of 2022 with Greater Tucson Leadership.

“Words can’t express how excited I am to meet other leaders in Tucson. It will be such a good space to dialogue about issues impacting Tucson and Southern Arizona! I look forward to sharing my perspective with these organizations & finding avenues for collaboration and building community with others!”

Charlinda Haudley


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