Michelle Lee ’14 (Boca Raton, Fla.), a Hispanic Studies and Art History major, has won a spot in the competitive Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) summer workshop internship program.

The intensive month-long program, held at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., is designed to help increase diversity in education by preparing undergraduates of color for graduate school. Lee and her 25 peers will study educational theory, learn how to facilitate classroom discussion, attend GRE prep sessions, and work with experienced college faculty members.

Later IRT staff will help Lee form a statement of purpose for grad school applications and will cover the fees for her to apply to 10 programs in their consortium.

Lee, who is especially interested in studying Asian American art history, hopes to someday teach at a small college. She has been inspired, she says, by art history professors Joanna Inglot and Kari Shepherdson-Scott “for always challenging me while also having a lot of patience,” and Hispanic studies professor Molly Olsen, who has “changed the way I engage with the Spanish language, culture, and texts.”

Although it was at times a struggle to stay with her Hispanic Studies major, says Lee, “it has been an incredibly rewarding experience,” and she loves being able to “speak and express myself in ways I couldn’t before in English or Cantonese, and to make connections with people through language.”

May 29 2014

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