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.
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
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.
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.
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.
As we move into warmer climates (hopefully), I cannot help but think about the summer right around the corner. Our office jokes that we understand our work in seasons. We have the fall admissions season, winter application season, spring matriculation, and summer learning seasons. After the grueling and lingering winter, we are ready to watch our students sow opportunities and are preparing for the heat of supporting students in the classroom.
I have had the pleasure to hear from our current IRT scholars (and alumni) about updates regarding their graduate school admissions process. We are proud of every IRT scholar that submitted applications, interviewed, and continued the process. We are incredibly proud of those that have received acceptances and are narrowing down their decisions. We are honored that those that did not receive admission expressed vulnerability in communicating with us and are keeping their head up.