Kéla Jackson, IRT ’18: A Journey to Becoming an Art Historian

Who are you?
Even as a child my most notable quality was my curiosity. Every adult I encountered had to entertain a litany of questions that all stemmed from my greatest question, why? I could go on forever and I truly appreciate their patience in trying to satisfy what seemed to be an insatiable desire to know more. This curiosity led me to spend copious amounts of time reading, writing, and being alone with my thoughts. It was not until college that I realized many of my whys could be answered in images. Art helped me make sense of the world around me and led me not just to answers but helped me
see what questions the perceived answers were hiding.

My journey to becoming an art historian is relatively nascent. I discovered the world of art history as a freshman at Spelman College. I was completely in awe of the possibilities the field offered me and the sheer need for diversity that I knew this was my calling. From fellowships, to museum positions, to my first year of graduate school, I found a path that is fully my own. Like many people, I have had my doubts and uncertainty, but I came to understand that the spaces I enter are mine to claim.
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New Online IRT Alumni Network Set to Launch later this Fall

The IRT is excited to announce the development of an online IRT alumni network planned to launch later this fall. We have collaborated with Almabase to create this new initiative providing an online network to help IRT alumni connect with each other and with the IRT. We hope it will be used and a resource for news, professional and mentoring opportunities, and much more. Stay tuned for details on the launch of this exciting new IRT initiative!

“We are thrilled that the IRT will be able to provide a platform where our current students and alumni can connect around research, professional development, and mentorship.”

Kate Slater, Associate Director & Manager of Programs, IRT

 

 

 

 

Alumni Accolades – Fall 2019

2008 Cohort

Donavan Ramon, IRT ’08 recently curated, edited and introduced a special collection published by the South Atlantic Review that commemorates the 90th Anniversary of the publication of Nella Larsen’s Passing. Donavan is currently an Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies at Kentucky State University.

Donavan Ramon commentary on this special collection:

As the 90th anniversary of Nella Larsen’s Passing approached, I wanted to commemorate her work. After the South Atlantic Review agreed to publish this special journal collection, I wrote a call for papers that generated renewed interest in this timely novella. The final publication represents thirteen of the best contemporary essays written on Passing. I was very intentional in my choices for this journal—both the scholars I vetted and the order of essays—as I wanted to represent unique close readings of the text itself and nuanced ways to teach it. I introduce the collection by ruminating on the continued relevance of Passing­ – both the novel and the social phenomenon.

I am thrilled to include the essays of two scholars from my 2008 IRT cohort, Dr. Diego Millan and Dr. Tristan Striker (my roommate from that summer). Through this collection, I was able to stage not only a reappraisal of a pivotal text, but also a literary reunion for IRT 2008 with the help of Nella Larsen.

2009 Cohort

Désirée L. Barron-Callaci, IRT ’09
accepted a new position as Engagement Manager for the American Council of Learned Societies.

2016 Cohort

Ivana Castillo, IRT ’16 accepted a position as site coordinator at Boston Green Academy in Boston MA.

2017 Cohort

Lissette Lorenz IRT ’17, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Lissette is currently in a PhD program in Science and Technology at Cornell University.

2018 Cohort

Janette Barbosa and Olugbenga Joseph, both IRT ’18 shown during their orientation week at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Congratulations to both!

Olugbenga Joseph and Janette Barbosa

 

 

Executive Letter, June 2019

Brooks photoThe time has come.

In just a few short weeks, the IRT will welcome our next class of interns to the Summer Workshop.

After a spirited season of recruitment and an intensive application review season, we are finally ready to announce our largest class ever. More than 160 scholars were selected from 100 institutions. We are thrilled to facilitate the development of the next cohort of education leaders.

Thank you and IRT for being forces of uplifting change for rising equity scholars and professionals. I am truly achieving my dreams because of IRT.

Nathalie Quintero, IRT ’18

The IRT staff has made tremendous headway in supporting our consortium. This year, we’ve added two new partners, the University of Washington and Notre Dame. It is my hope that this class will utilize this consortium to their full advantage.

Finally, the staff is working towards connecting our alumni in new ways and we will be highlighting more of these initiatives in future posts. As Chera, Leislie, Viviana and countless others show every day, our alumni are researching, teaching, connecting and mentoring — making change that is not only personal but structural as well. These connections make change even more possible. As we begin to welcome our newest class of students, I am excited to connect them to this vast network.

Best,

Signature

 

 

LaShawnda Brooks
Executive Director, IRT