Alumni Accolades, June 2022

Karina Fernández Montilla, IRT ‘06 is a recipient of the 2022 Dr. Sue Estler University of Maine Higher Education Distinguished Alumnx Award. This award is given by the University of Maine Higher Education graduate programs in honor of Dr. Suzanne E. Estler, Associate Professor, Emeritus of Higher Education. Karina is Assistant Dean of Advising and Director of the James Baldwin Scholars Program at Hampshire College.

Teresa Gonzales, IRT ‘06 will be joining the sociology department at Loyola University Chicago this fall.

Heather Moore Roberson, IRT ’07 was appointed Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Allegheny College. Congratulations!

Dr. Heather Moore Roberson

Dr. Wilson Okello, IRT ‘08 was named a 2022 Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association. Okello is an assistant professor of higher education at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Jude Paul Matias Dizon, IRT ’09, ’16 earned a Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California. Jude holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of Vermont and will begin a position at Rutgers University this fall.

Jallicia Jolly-Grindley, IRT ’13 is a recipient of the 2022 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Jallicia is an incoming Assistant Professor in American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College. 

Atiya McGhee, IRT ‘13 is pursuing a Ph.D. at Syracuse University in Cultural Foundations of Education program. Atiya holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont.

Demontea Thompson, IRT ’19 has been named as a recipient of the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. Demontea is a doctoral student at the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies.

Armando Martinez, IRT ‘ 19 graduated with a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University. Armando will be working at Boston College in their Residence Life Department as a Residence Director.

Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez, IRT’ 21 has been named a 2022 Gates Cambridge Scholar for the second time. Adaiah will begin doctoral studies in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge this fall.

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