University of Pittsburgh School of Education
 

Diversity Scholars Program

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 academic 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.

 

Scholars and Recent Graduates

Current Scholars
  • Adam Alvarez, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Nicole Cristobal, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Shelby Dawkins-Law, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • DaVonna Graham, Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Derric Heck, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Qiana Lightner Lachaud, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Ira Murray, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Monica Navarro, Learning Sciences and Policy
  • Oscar Patron, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Jawanza Rand, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Kevin Totty, Higher Education Management
  • Hershawna Turner, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Bianca West, Applied Developmental Psychology

2018 Graduates
  • Lisanne Hudson, PhD, Higher Education Management
  • Stacy Kehoe, PhD, Learning Sciences and Policy
  • Hannah Sung, PhD, Applied Developmental Psychology
  • Jasmine Williams, PhD, Applied Developmental Psychology

2017 Graduates
  • Ida Chavoshan, PhD, Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Loretta Fernandez, PhD, Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Osly Flores, EdD, School Leadership
  • Ronald Gray, PhD, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Kaylan Moore, PhD, Language, Literacy, and Culture
  • Julie Nagashima, PhD, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education
  • Sophy Perdomo, PhD, Health and Physical Activity
  • Kara Whitman, PhD, Social and Comparative Analysis in Education 

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.