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.

Continue reading “Alumni Accolades, June 2021”

Alumni Accolades, April 2021

~Class of 2004~

Orly Clergé, IRT ’04 will join the department of Sociology in July 2022 as Assistant Professor at Yale University. Dr. Clergé’s research focuses on race, migration, cities, inequality, and identity. Orly is the author of The New Noir: Race, Identity & Diaspora in Black Suburbia (University of California Press, 2019; winner of the Mary Douglas Prize for Best Book in the ASA Culture Section, and SSSP C. Wright Mills Book Award finalist), which is a comprehensive exploration of the making of Black diasporic suburbs.

~Class of 2014~

Jonathan Cortez, IRT ’14 successfully defended his dissertation and received his PhD from Brown University from the department of American Studies. Congratulations Dr. Cortez! His research interests include 20th century U.S. history, Latinx History, race and race making, relational ethnic studies, critical geography and spatial studies, labor history, and public humanities.

~Class of 2016~

Charlinda Haudley, IRT ’16 is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation in Arizona and is the Project Manager, Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Arizona. Charlinda was awarded her doctorate in Higher Education in 2021 from the University of Arizona. Congratulations Dr. Haudley! Her research focuses on intertribal student engagement at a university Native American student center.

~Class of 2019~

Francesco Yugiro Asano, IRT ’19 is a PhD student in American Studies at New York University. He is interested in questions of race, empire, and nature, particularly in the context of imperial hunting and wildlife-conservation history. Public Books, an online magazine of ideas, scholarship, and the arts has published Francesco’s recent article “When Nature Is Valued over Human Life.”

~Class of 2020~

Congratulations to the 2020 IRT Cohort! So far the cohort has reported a total of 241 acceptance offers from graduate programs across the nation. These offers range from partial to full funding and we will have more details to share in our June 2021 Newsletter. Congratulations to all cohort members for their amazing work throughout this year!

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.




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. 



A Big Congratulations to the 2019 IRT Cohort!

We are proud to share the matriculation decisions of 100 students from the 2019 Cohort and happy to celebrate 25 students who have other plans for the upcoming year. Each one of these scholar-practitioners has achieved a lot since joining the IRT last June, and we are confident that everyone will go on and continue to achieve great things in graduate school and beyond. Thank you all for your hard work and passion. The IRT office hopes to see each one of you return to work with future cohorts of IRT students, and we hope you stay in touch with us here in the office and with your IRT colleagues all over!

~IRT 2019 Cohort Matriculation Decisions~

Adriana Aguilar – MS, School Counseling, San Francisco State University
Teresa Alvarado-Patlán – PhD, History, Northwestern University
Francesco Asano – PhD, American Studies, New York University
Marnay Avant – PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan

Natalie Barraza
– MSW, School Social Work, University of California, Berkeley
Mercy Bourdet – MA, Anthropology: Socio Cultural, Columbia University (deferring one year)
Damali Britton – PhD, Political Science, Brown University
Jacqueline Brown-Gaines – PhD, History, University of California, Santa Cruz
Alan Burnett Valverde – PhD, English, Stanford University

Asha Canady – PhD, Curriculum & Instruction/Ed Policy, Vanderbilt University
Rachael Clifford – PhD, English, Princeton University
Aliyah Collins – MA, Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Stephanie Contreras – PhD, School Psychology/Applied Development, Purdue University
Emma Cordova – PhD, Chicanx Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Eric Crawford – PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Yanil De La Rosa-Walcott – PhD, Curriculum & Instruction/Ed Leadership/Urban Ed, University of Pennsylvania

Carmen Ervin – PhD, Anthropology, Stanford University
Jamila Espinosa – PhD, Human Development, University of California, Davis

Sharon Figueroa Argueta – EdM, Arts in Education, Harvard University
Desmond Fonseca – PhD, History, University of California, Los Angeles

Elizabeth Galvan – MA, School Counseling, Seattle University
Kimberly Gan – PhD, Sociology, SUNY Albany
Marielle Gardner – PhD, Mathematics, University of Kansas
Katelyn Gethchel – MA, History, University of Rochester
Miguel Giron – PhD, History, Northwestern University
Antoinette Gonzalez-Ramirez – EdS, School Psychology, California State University, Long Beach
Carl Greer – PhD, Educational Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dalia Griñan – PhD, History, Rutgers University
Dorcas Gyekye – MAT, Secondary Education: History, Duke University

LaShanda Harbin – MA, Ed Policy, Brown University/University of Wisconsin
Akire Hawkins – MEd, Secondary Education: Social Studies or Spanish, Boston College

Kristen Jackson – PhD, Education, Stanford University
Jhoneidy Javier – PhD, Comparative Literature, New York University
Ramon Johnson – PhD, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, University of Washington
Tenisha Jones – PhD, School Psychology, Howard University

Zuri Kent-Smith – PhD, Africana Studies, Brown University
Woohee Kim – PhD, Education, Culture, Institutions & Society, Harvard University
Andrew Kiser – PhD, English, University of California, Berkeley

Stephen Lampkin – PhD, Curriculum and Instruction/Ed Studies, Michigan State University
Gabriella Lee – PhD, Religion, Columbia University
Janaya Little – MEd, Learning, Diversity & Urban Studies, Vanderbilt University
Nikki Locklear – PhD, History, Duke University
Leslie Luqueno – PhD, Sociology of Education, Stanford University
Howard Ly – MEd, School Counseling, University of Maryland

Aqil MacMood – MAT, Secondary Education: Math, University of Pennsylvania
Gloria Marquez – PhD, Clinical Psychology, Central Michigan University
Armando Martinez – MA, Higher Education, The Ohio State
Alejandra Mejia – PhD, American Culture, University of Michigan
Sasha Mejia – PhD, Human Development, University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Milton – PhD, Religious Studies, University of California, Davis
Leroy Mitchell – MA, Higher Education & Post-Secondary Education, University of Michigan
Trott Montina – MFA, Documentary Media, Northwestern University
Hannah Mott – MEd, Elementary Education, Boston College
Jabril Muhammad – PhD, Theater & Performance Studies, Brown University
Mehr Mumtaz – PhD, Sociology, The Ohio State
Jamaica Murphy – PhD, Education: Human, Development, Learning & Teaching, Harvard University

Thierry Michel Nda – PhD, French, City University of New York

Priscilla Odinmah – MEd, Elementary Education, Boston College (Deferring for one year)
Chelsea Osademe – PhD, African American Studies, University of Minnesota
Nina Owolabi – PhD, Education, Policy, Organization & Leadership: Higher Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Itzel Padron Zuniga – MAT, Secondary Education: History, Brown University
JaBrea Patterson-West – PhD, History of Art, New York University
Katherine Ponds – PhD, American Studies and African American Studies, Yale University
Racheal Popoola – PhD, Teaching, Learning & Development, University of Rhode Island
Frangy Pozo – PhD, Sociology, University of California, Davis
Gabriela Puche – PhD, Philosophy, Emory University

Vanessa Ramirez – PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Vermont
Elizabeth Rangel – PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of California, San Diego/San Diego State University (joint program)
Bryonna Reed – MA/PhD, American Studies, Purdue University
Sherline Renodo – MS, Special Education, University of Rochester, Warner School
Rosalie Reyes – PhD, Cultural Studies & Social Thought in Education, Washington State University
Isabelle Rios-Colon – MEd, Higher Education, University of Maine
Karla Rodriguez Beltran – PhD, Sociology University of California, Davis
Charles Ross – PhD, American Studies, Washington State University

Alice Santana – PhD, Ethnic Studies/Anthropology, University of Maryland
Romuald Santiago – MA, Higher & Post-Secondary Education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University
Rosed Serrano – PhD, English, University of Pennsylvania
Talia Sharpp – PhD, English, University of California, Davis
Hae Rim Shin – PhD, Higher Education & Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles
Peter Simpson – MA, International Education Development, Teachers College, Columbia University
Jarell Skinner-Roy – PhD, Higher Education, University of Michigan
Kayla Smith – PhD, History, Columbia University
Da’Quallon Smith – PhD, Urban Policy Planning/Interdisciplinary Studies, London School of Economics
Laura (Laura Lee) Smith – PhD, Higher Education, University of Michigan
Andrew Suarez – PhD, American Studies, Harvard University
Mahir Syed – MA, Teaching of Social Studies, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Eric Thai – PhD, Political Science, University of California, San Diego
Demontea Thompson – PhD, Urban Schooling, University of California, Los Angeles
Jatawn Tickles – PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia

Alexis Umeh – MA, School Counseling, Boston University Wheelock College of Education

Ivan Valdovinos Gutierrez – PhD, Education, University of California, San Diego
Catherine Ventura – PhD, English and Education, University of Michigan
Seanna Viechweg – PhD, English, University of Virginia
Minh Vu  – PhD, American Studies, Yale University

Darion Wallace – PhD, Education, Stanford University
Vallaire Wallace – PhD, English, University of Virginia
Kayla Williams – MA, Mental Health Counseling, George Washington University
Tavia Williams – PhD, Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
Julia Wong – PhD, Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University

Iliana Zepeda – MA, Higher Education, University of Maryland

~Celebrate Success!~

IRT students pursuing other plans this fall

Mario Alvarado Cifuentes  • Seferine Baez
Diana Barajas •
Sonya Brooks
Valeska Castaneda Puerto • Saulo Castillo
Nancy Chen
Sheena Crenshaw
Victor Diaz • Angelica Hernandez
Christelle Jasmin
Kednel Jean • Katrina LoperlNichola Metzger
Angie Nunez Rodríguez • Christian Ortiz Gonzalez
Emely Paulino •
Brittney Pemberton • Isaiah Rivera
Mayumi Sato
Ashleigh Smith  • Mahal Stevens
Damani Warren
Sarah Yerima  • Dongqian Zhang