IRT Alumni—Providence, RI

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, Leislie Godo-Solo, IRT education programs specialist, traveled to Brown University to conduct an IRT informational session for prospective students.

Later that evening, Leislie and Asabe Poloma, assistant dean for international students and associate director, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Office of the Dean of the College, organized a dinner for IRT alumni near Brown’s campus.

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Alumni Host Info Session at the University of Michigan

This past October, IRT alumni welcomed about 20 prospective applicants during an information session at the University of Michigan. IRT alumni shared their perspectives and insight into the program.

The IRT panel included the following:

Aesha Mustafa, IRT ’16—Aesha is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Higher Education at Michigan State University. Her research interests explore higher education’s role in promoting students to develop a propensity toward civic engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Aesha hopes that higher education institutions can impart all students, regardless of academic discipline, with the tools to respectively and critically engage in an increasingly multicultural world.

Denise Galarza Sepúlveda, IRT ’91—Denise is the Director of the University’s office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) where she works with faculty to create transformative learning opportunities for undergrads and trains future faculty in community-based learning. Prior, she was a professor of Latin American Literature for over 10 years at Lafayette College in PA. She has received national and university awards for her research, her teaching and her mentorship of underrepresented students. She also volunteers every Saturday, teaching Latino children in the ENL literacy program.

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Recruitment in Full Drive

The IRT visited 32 institutions this past fall and will be visiting another seven in the spring in an effort to continue to recruit outstanding students of color looking to become educators. Within just a month of the application opening on November 15, we topped 150 applications.

To date, the top five institutions (listed below) with the most prospective students are minority serving and historically black colleges and universities.

  • Brooklyn College, NY
  • City College, NY
  • Langston University, OK
  • Spelman College, GA
  • University of California, Los Angeles

Did you refer a student to the IRT?
Alumni word of mouth is our biggest source for referrals. Please let your students know about the IRT! The application is live, and we are accepting completed applications through March 1.

If you have a student referral, please email Admissions and Recruitment Program Specialist Monica Reum.

Changes to the application

  • Application is now due March 1!
  • Unofficial transcripts can be submitted with your IRT application. Official transcripts are required upon matriculation to the program.
  • Recommenders will be asked to submit a form instead of writing a letter on behalf of the applicant.