Online Recruitment Increases Access

Travel has undoubtedly changed for everyone this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in 30 years, IRT recruited 100% online this past season through zoom information sessions, monthly webinars, and consistent emails to schools, community partners, college access programs, and prospective candidates. Last year, IRT recruited on campus at 32 institutions and this year conducted 64 online webinars. While Recruitment and Admission Programs Specialist, Monica Reum, says meeting students face to face during her on-campus visits is one of the best parts of her job, she also reflected and shared “In a time where things felt like they were on fire left and right in the world, I find peace with IRT in knowing that we doubled our recruitment efforts and reached students in ways we normally would not have.”

Our engagement with our new programs and institutions highlights our commitment to social justice. This year, we witnessed our inequities exposed by the pandemic and pursuit of racial justice. We seek to expand access to the IRT and increase equity. As such, we are excited to build relationships with women’s colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and other programs that share our commitment. We are eager to admit this year’s 2021 cohort!

Newly recruited institutions and programs include but are not limited to:

  • Agnes Scott College
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Clark University
  • Nevada State University
  • Occidental College
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Kansas
  • Black Latino Male Initiative
  • Cohort Sistas
  • LEDA Scholars
  • QuestBridge Scholars
  • Recreation Worcester
  • Schular Scholars
  • Squash Education Alliance

When Inclusion and Access Converge

When Inclusion and Access Converge: Imagining a College Space Where the Work Actually Happens –  by Chelsea Osademe, IRT ’19

Chelsea Osademe, IRT ’19

I was scrolling through Facebook, a few weeks ago, when I came across a reposted TED Talk titled “On Diversity: Access Ain’t Inclusion” by Dr. Anthony Jack. Dr. Jack argues that, “getting in [college] is only half the battle. Colleges and Institutions invest millions into diversity and equity recruitment, but don’t think about what to do once [students] get there. Access ain’t inclusion”. During his talk he addressed what it means to be a first-generation student navigating the politics and unspoken rules of college, what it means to truly feel included, and how exclusion can impact an individual’s ability to achieve success and college matriculation. As a first-generation Nigerian-American and first-generation college graduate, Jack’s interest in what it means to feel and be included on college campuses, in the midst of access to a college education, as well as the resources these institutions provide, really stuck with me. Dr. Jack’s talk affirmed my own experience as a minoritized individual traversing college campuses, as well as the current mundane battles I’ve faced as a prior student, now staff member, at a predominately white institution (PWI).

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