IRT Alumni Committee Inaugural Members

Renée Wilmot and LaShawnda Brooks are excited to announce the inaugural members of the IRT Alumni Committee. 

Karina Fernandez (she/her) 
Roles: Curriculum & Summer Workshop Consultant, Events Manager  
IRT Class of 2006

Helen Gong (she/her)
Role: 2020 Cohort Representative 
IRT Class of 2020

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Alumni Accolades – October 2020

~2019 Cohort~

Armando Martinez, IRT ’19 was recently selected to be in the Inclusive Excellence Spotlight for the Residence Life department of The Ohio State University.

Armando Martinez, IE Spotlight

~2017 Cohort~

Charlinda HaudleyCharlinda Haudley, IRT ‘17 was chosen as one of the honorees for the annual 40 under 40 awards from the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Haudley is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and is the Program Coordinator Senior in the Office of Multicultural Advancement at the University of Arizona. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on intertribal student engagement at a university Native American student center. In 2019, she received the Maria Teresa Velez Diversity Leadership Award for her commitment to furthering diversity in education, higher education, and the community at large. She also serves on the executive board for the UA American Indian Alumni Club. She participated in the 2020 Valle del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute-Tucson.

~2007 Cohort~

Mayra CruzMayra Cruz, IRT’07 was named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon Principal of the Year receiving the U.S. Department of Education’s Terrel H. Bell Award for outstanding leadership. Mayra is the Principal of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Washington D.C. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American studies and urban educational policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in elementary education from Boston College. Learn more about Mayra.

 

 

 

Alumni Accolades – July 2020

~2014 Cohort~

Jonathan Cortez, IRT ‘14 accepted the César Chávez Fellowship pre/post doc from Dartmouth College starting in fall 2020. Jonathan will be working in the department of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies until 2022.

Joshua Abreu, IRT ’14  received a Doctor in Philosophy – Educational Leadership after successfully defended his dissertation at UConn’s Neag School of Education in the Department of Educational Leadership in March 2020. A brief bio is included below:

My research interest centers on how college professors across different academic disciplines learn to teach and navigate academia—particularly professors who teach and research issues of diversity and equity. I believe my scholarship contributes to understanding and support of the professional success of faculty committed to equity. For my dissertation, I studied how Criminology/Criminal Justice professors have learned to include critical and marginalized perspectives of crime and crime control into their teaching. I particularly focused on professors responsible for teaching the students most impacted by the unjust criminal justice system (e.g., Black, Latinx, and low-income students).   

Prior to UConn, I worked as a retention specialist and adjunct instructor at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) in Lawrence, MA. At NECC, I helped establish the Student Success Center, which provided retention counseling and culturally-sustaining supports to Latinx college students. Before NECC, I worked as a sworn part-time police officer in New Hampshire and then became a licensed social worker for Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. My experiences in law enforcement, social work, and education has positioned me to take an interdisciplinary and practical approach to teaching and researching social inequities in higher education. I earned a bachelor’s and master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. 

~2011 Cohort~

Congratulations to Dr. Anthony Urena, IRT ’11 who successfully defended his dissertation and will be joining Princeton as a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the fall.

 

Aria Halliday, IRT ’11 was awarded the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for a year dedicated to research with no service or teaching responsibilities for 2020-2021. Aria also accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and African American and Africana Studies program.

~2008 Cohort~

Adom Getachow, IRT ‘08 was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education in the article, “Prominent Scholars Threaten to Boycott Colleges That Don’t Support Contingent Faculty During Pandemic.”

~2007 Cohort~

Heather Moore Roberson, IRT ‘07/’10 is a recipient of the 2020 Thoburn Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Thoburn Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented to a faculty member who has been at Allegheny College for 10 years or less.

~2004 Cohort~

Jessica Bardill, IRT ‘04 has received tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor of Indigenous Literature and Cultures at Concordia University.

Thank you to IRT for your brilliance, support, and endurance…I am making sure to give back to many of the places and people that got me here. Keep lifting, keep climbing, keep fighting, keep changing.

~2000 Cohort~

Sherri Ann Charleston, IRT ’00 was named chief diversity and inclusion officer at Harvard University beginning. Read article in the Harvard Gazette.