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.

 

 

 

 

Alumni Accolades – April 2020

~2018 Cohort~

(L-R) Christopher Perez, Program Director, Office of Graduate Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Maryland and Briceno Bowrey, IRT ’18 currently in his first year of doctoral studies in History at the University of Maryland. #IamIRT

~2017 Cohort~

Mariahadesse Tallie, IRT ’17
Mariahadesse wrote her first children’s book entitled, “Layla’s Happiness,” published by Enchanted Lion Books. She is currently a Ph.D. student at Brown University.

 

 

 

 

 

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Alumni Accolades – January 2020

~1995 Cohort~

Dr. Tiffany M. Gill, IRT ’95  authored an article for the Washington Post entitled, How a black female fashion designer laid the groundwork for Ghana’s ‘Year of Returnearlier this month. Gill is also the author of Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry (University of Illinois Press, 2010) which was awarded the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize by the Association of Black Women Historians.

Tiffany M. Gill, Ph.D.

Dr. Gill’s research has been supported by the American Association of University Women and the National Endowment of the Humanities. A recipient of the 2010 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate education, Dr. Gill was named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians in 2015. In 2018, Diverse Issues in Higher Education recognized her as one of the top 25 women in higher education and serves as a consultant for the global beauty brand Sephora. Professor Gill is currently working on a book manuscript chronicling the promise and peril of African American international leisure travel since World War One.

Gill participated in the IRT Summer Workshop as faculty during 1998 – 2000. She is currently an associate professor of Africana studies and history at the University of Delaware. You can find her on social media @SableVictorian.

~2002 Cohort~

Laura Chavez-Moreno, IRT ’02/’10 is currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. She will be joining UCLA’s César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/Chicano Studies as a tenure-track assistant professor in Fall 2021.

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Alumni Accolades – Fall 2019

2008 Cohort

Donavan Ramon, IRT ’08 recently curated, edited and introduced a special collection published by the South Atlantic Review that commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the publication of Nella Larsen’s Passing. Donavan is currently an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at Kentucky State University.

Donavan Ramon commentary on this special collection:

As the 90th anniversary of Nella Larsen’s Passing approached, I wanted to commemorate her work. After the South Atlantic Review agreed to publish this special journal collection, I wrote a call for papers that generated renewed interest in this timely novella. The final publication represents thirteen of the best contemporary essays written on Passing. I was very intentional in my choices for this journal—both the scholars I vetted and the order of essays—as I wanted to represent unique close readings of the text itself and nuanced ways to teach it. I introduce the collection by ruminating on the continued relevance of Passing­ – both the novel and the social phenomenon.

I am thrilled to include the essays of two scholars from my 2008 IRT cohort, Dr. Diego Millan and Dr. Tristan Striker (my roommate from that summer). Through this collection, I was able to stage not only a reappraisal of a pivotal text, but also a literary reunion for IRT 2008 with the help of Nella Larsen.

2009 Cohort

Désirée L. Barron-Callaci, IRT ’09
accepted a new position as Engagement Manager for the American Council of Learned Societies.

2016 Cohort

Ivana Castillo, IRT ’16 accepted a position as site coordinator at Boston Green Academy in Boston MA.

2017 Cohort

Lissette Lorenz IRT ’17, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Lissette is currently in a PhD program in Science and Technology at Cornell University.

2018 Cohort

Janette Barbosa and Olugbenga Joseph, both IRT ’18 shown during their orientation week at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Congratulations to both!

Olugbenga Joseph and Janette Barbosa

 

 

Alumni Accolades – June 2019

-2002 Cohort-

Congratulations to Women’s Studies Professor LaKisha Simmons, IRT ’02 who is the recipient of this year’s Black Celebratory Cornerstone Award! Selected annually by graduating students, the award recognizes faculty or staff who enhance the academic and social progress of African American students at the University of Michigan.

-2017 Cohort-

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, IRT ’17 was featured in a spring Ms. Magazine article written by Chivas Sandage, “Ms. Muse: What Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie’s Womanist Poems Tell Us About Love, Language and Race in America.” Mariahadessa is currently a PhD student at Brown University studying theatre and performance studies.

Tashal Brown, IRT ’14  and Eliana Castro, IRT ’15 contributed to the article, The Impossibility of Being “Perfect and White”: Black Girls’ Racialized and Gendered Schooling Experiences, first published in the American Educational Research Journal, May 2019. Read more on Eliana Castro by viewing her guest post.

 

 

Sara Mokuria, IRT ’05 was a guest presenter at Next City for an event in their online seminar series this past May. Sara Mokuria, is co-founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality and a Next City Vanguard and spoke about creating a world without police brutality.
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