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Diversity Scholars Program



The University of Pittsburgh School of Education is committed to excellence, equity, and diversity in education. To that end, we have created the Diversity Scholars Program (DSP) to provide mentorship, resources, and leadership to graduate students in the School of Education. There are two specific fellowship pathways to participating: the Dean’s Scholars and the K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship.

 

Dean’s Scholars
The purpose of the Dean’s Scholars is to help provide academic and financial foundations for exceptional students and to support diversity within the School of Education. The scholars can come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are selected on a department basis and to receive the award for three years.  

After being awarded with the honor, each scholar is assigned to a mentor, and expected to work on a research project and gain experience in teaching and service, such as participating in school events, joining as an executive on the Council of Graduate Studies in Education (CGSE), or working on committees.

K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship
The K. Leroy Irvis Diversity Fellowship program is intended to provide financial support, academic guidance, and increase the number of doctoral candidates from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups pursuing faculty research and teaching careers in postsecondary education. Each fellow works closely with a faculty mentor who provides guidance and opportunities to engage in research, teaching, and professional development. The candidates can come from a wide variety of backgrounds, with the only requirements being that students are U.S. citizens (or have green cards) and are in a PhD program.

The first year is devoted to planning, initiating research or research-related activities, establishing a strong academic record, setting an agenda for study and professional growth, and preparing for the mentor-directed teaching or supervisory experiences. The second and third years of the fellowship are spent teaching or assisting senior faculty with teaching or supervisory activities and in addressing the planned research activities.

 

Current Scholars and Fellows (IF is Irvis Fellow, and DS is Dean’s Scholar)
  • Adam Alvarez (IF), PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Ida Chavoshan (DS), PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Nicole Cristobal (IF), PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Loretta Fernandez (DS), PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Osly Flores (IF), EdD in School Leadership
  • DaVonna Graham (IF), PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Derric Heck (DS), PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Qiana Lightner Lachaud (Alumni Doctoral), PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Oscar Medina (DS), PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Kaylan Moore (IF), PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Ira Murray (IF), PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Monica Navarro (IF), PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy
  • Oscar Patron (IF), PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Sophy Perdomo (IF), PhD in Health and Physical Activity
  • Jawanza Rand (DS), PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Hannah Sung (DS), PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Kevin Totty (DS), EdD in Higher Education Management
  • Hershawna Turner (DS), PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Jasmine Williams (IF), PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology

If interested in joining the Diversity Scholars Program or nominating an applicant for a fellowship,
contact Associate Dean Michael Gunzenhauser at mgunzen@pitt.edu for more information.