IRT Fellows Selected for Scholars Program

IRT ’17 fellows Gabby Alvarez and Demar Lewis IV were selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars Program. As part of their selection, these scholars will receive an annual stipend, training, and counseling and will develop high-level leadership skills. Congrats Gabby and Demar!

More information on the foundation and program application details can be found on their website.

Eliana Castro, IRT ’15

Educator, Researcher, and Author

photoEliana Castro earned a B.A. in education and an M.A.T. in secondary history/social studies from Brown University in 2009 and 2010, respectively. She then taught in her hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts, until enrolling in the Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education Ph.D. program at Michigan State University in 2016. She is a proud IRT alum.

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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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University of Maryland Hosts the IRT’s Annual Holiday Dinner

The University of Maryland Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion (OGDI) welcomed IRT alumni to a special dinner this past December. Many thanks to Christopher Pérez, OGDI program director, for coordinating the event and providing the opportunity to extend networks and reconnect IRT alumni, faculty, staff, and other professionals.

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Program highlights included two keynote addresses by IRT alumnae:

photoBrittany Zorn, IRT ’13
M.Ed., Arts & Sciences Programs Specialist, Institute for Recruitment of Teachers

Brittany graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a B.A. degree in psychology and women’s studies and a minor in Africana studies. That same summer, Brittany participated in the IRT Summer Workshop as she prepared to pursue her master’s degree. In 2016, Brittany graduated from the University of Maine, earning an M.Ed. in student development in higher education. Leading up to graduation, Brittany learned of an opening at the IRT office and enthusiastically applied; the opportunity to help future generations of students successfully apply and matriculate into graduate programs on their paths to careers as educators was not one Brittany was willing to pass up. She eagerly accepted the role of arts & sciences programs specialist with the IRT in May 2016. A clip of Brittany’s speech is included below.

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