Welcome 2021 Cohort!

In a year of constant uncertainty, the IRT is happy to report that we’ve admitted a (more than full) cohort for 2021! Interestingly, there has been a noticeable uptick of nearly 10% for applicants interested in PhD Education/Higher Education and PhD African American Studies/African Diaspora Studies. We are honored to support a total of 150 scholars through their graduate school journey and contribute to making a meaningful impact in this world.

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Alumni – Update Your Info.!

Stay connected to the IRT community and help keep our records current by completing the alumni survey informing us about any updates to your name, contact, degree or employment information. This will help insure that you receive any relevant communications from the IRT. 

This survey should only take about five minutes to complete – thank you for your time! 

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.

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Guest Speaker Opportunity for IRT Alumni

The IRT is planning to host a series of webinars/podcasts in the near future. We are looking for IRT alumni who will be willing to engage in discussions on a variety of topics. These topics can focus on your particular area of research and expertise, published works, social justice and/or educational issues, etc.

If you are an IRT alum interested in being a guest for one of our upcoming series, please fill out the form and we will be in touch. Thank you for your interest – the IRT staff.

Executive Letter, April 2021

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As we shift into spring, a profound period of transformation, I cannot help but think how far we have come; and how much farther we have left to go. Throughout this unbelievable year, we have done our part to persevere. We have listened to the stories behind our students and the ways they are transforming and inspiring change through an entire cohort.

This spring, our staff and students stretched in abilities that they never had to in years past. Our staff utilized virtual platforms to host more online events than ever before, supported students throughout the application process, and aided the navigation of matriculation and future planning. Our students embraced the mindset and courage to keep going taking on the challenges of applying to graduate school during a pandemic. We are proud of all of our scholars that weathered an unprecedented graduate admissions year.

As we look ahead, we get ready for another graduate admissions season. Currently, we are evaluating candidates for our 2021 cohort. It is encouraging to see so many individuals interested in continuing to work in education. Especially after the year we have endured.

To that end, it was significant for us to express joy and care to our scholars. This year, we will mail out certificates of completion to our 2020 class and care packages to our 2019 class. To all alumni in our program, please be sure to reach back and let us know how you are doing. We take pride in seeing the change you impart in society and the transformation you achieve each day.