2022 IRT Summer Workshop Faculty

As we head into July, the IRT virtual Summer Workshop Faculty and staff are busy finalizing curriculum, organizing alumni and professional panels, consortium liaison meetings and other events throughout the upcoming month. Join us in welcoming this year’s summer faculty!

Renée Wilmot, IRT ’12, ’17

My name is Renée Wilmot, I use she/her pronouns. Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate at Michigan State University in the Teacher Education program. My research interests include (1) the historical legacy of Black women as educators and activists in the Black community and (2) Black girls’ practices of thriving and resisting in white supremacist schooling structures. I am originally from Virginia and I am a former secondary English/Language Arts teacher.

Advice for the current cohort
Do your best to commit 100% of yourself. Take advantage of this opportunity – take risks and push yourself.

Suggested Reading

  • Ebony & Ivy by Craig Steven Wilder
  • White Architects of Black Education by William H. Watkins
  • White Rage by Carol Anderson 
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde 
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Black Feminism in Qualitative Inquiry by Venus E. Evans-Winters


My biggest takeaway from my IRT experience was that this is a safe space for me to push myself, risk failure, and then get up to try again. I had never been in a space where I could “mess up” academically, experiment with time management and reading strategies, and take risks. 


My grounding quote for this year: “We protect and nurture our collective well-being. We strive to make our home place a positive environment for everyone. We all agree that integrity and care enhance all our lives.” (hooks, ,p. 101) 

My current favorite song: “Dim All the Lights” by Donna Summer 

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IRT Alumni and OWHL Book Project

The IRT is thrilled to announce an initiative to showcase IRT alumni texts within the online or physical shelves at the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library (OWHL) at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA.

We are excited to begin gathering this collection of publications which will serve as a repository and visual representation of the depth and breadth of IRT alumni contributions to scholarship at large, and we hope that you will participate. Sharing your published works both online or within the library will ensure that IRT scholars, Andover students, administrators, faculty and staff are privy to the contributions that IRT alumni are making across a variety of fields.

Please complete the survey to become part of this exciting initiative. If you have multiple publications that you would wish to showcase, please submit the survey as many times as needed.

IRT Alumni and OWHL Survey

r work on display at the OWHL? Please fill out the survey bel

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
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IRT Alumni Committee Position Open!

The IRT Alumni Committee is currently looking for a Financial and Research Opportunities Manager to serve for the 2022-2023 academic year. The Alumni Committee is a group of highly motivated, dynamic, and collaborative IRT Alumni who are currently in various fields and positions. One goal of this committee is to present a more holistic and complex image of who alumni are and ways the IRT Advisory Board and community can support us. Other goals of the committee include (1) compiling a list of alumni (2) communicating and networking with alumni, (3) planning events for and with IRT alumni, (4) compiling and creating financial opportunities for students and academics such as scholarships, fellowships, grants, and fundraising. 

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Begin Your Degree in Full Swing

Advice from Kelicia Hollis, IRT ’11 for the Current IRT Cohort

It’s springtime, and flowers aren’t the only things budding. Likely, you too are abloom with the possibilities this fall presents you as you vet graduate school offers. You might be an undergraduate student going “straight through” to a master’s or doctoral degree, or reentering school after time spent caretaking or in the workforce. Whichever it may be, there are a few tips I’d like to impart to ensure you begin your degree in full swing.

As you navigate springtime, think about lovely spring colors such as pinks and lavenders and teals: T-E-A-L-S.

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