Alumni Accolades, March 2022

Rachel Ansong, IRT ’14

Rachel’s poetry collection, BLACK BALLAD, published by Bull City Press will be available in Summer 2022. You can preorder a copy or find out more about the author and the collection on Rachel’s website.


Yasmin Elgoharry, IRT ‘14, ’20
Yasmin is a recipient of the University of Connecticut’s (UCONN) Neag School 2022 Alumni Board Scholarship. Yasmin is a doctoral student at UCONN in Leading, Learning & Educational Policy with a concentration in higher education racial justice and decolonization.

Yasmin Elgoharry, IRT ’14, ’20


Elizabeth Gill, IRT ‘11 and Ashley Johnson, IRT ’06
Congratulations to AERA Ed Change SIG members Elizabeth Gill and Ashley Johnson on the recent publication of their paper: “We, as parents, do have a voice”: Learning from community-based programs effectively engaging parents in urban communities. Urban Education.

Aria Halliday, IRT ‘11
Halliday is the winner of the 2021 Stuart Hall Foundation x Cultural Studies Award. The award is in recognition of her article ‘Twerk Sumn!: Theorizing Black Girl Epistemology in the Body’, published in Cultural Studies 34.6, January 2020. Aria is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Aria Halliday, IRT ’11

JT Roane, IRT’ 08
Roane is one of the recipients of the Crossroad Fellows Grant. He is receiving support for his experimental short film “Plot.” The Institute for Advanced Study in the School of Social Science selected Roane as one of its scholars for 2022-2023. Additionally, Roane will be joining the faculty at Rutgers-New Brunswick as an Assistant Professor in the Africana Studies & Geography department.

JT Roane, IRT ’08

Chelsea Frazier, IRT ‘10
Chelsea’s “Black Feminist Ecological Thought: A Manifesto,” has been published in the second edition of the edited volume Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.


Angela Batista, IRT ‘96
Angela begins a new role as Faculty Lecturer in the College Student Personnel (CSP) program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Angela is also the founder and CEO of Batista Consulting Services.

Angela Batista, IRT ’96

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