The Road to the Ph.D. and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured
Edited By Cherrel Miller Dyce and Toni Milton Williams
Meditations and Deliberations on DIVAS (Toni Milton Williams and Cherrel Miller Dyce)
Meditations and Deliberations on DIVAS Toni MilTon WilliaMs anD Cherrel Miller DyCe In the four years since our inception, DIVAS has developed discourse that represents the culture that we’ve established, which Bettez (2011) describes this way: Creating a sense of community to promote collective teaching and learning, in which peers who are more versed in the academic discourse and academic codes of power are encouraged to use multivocality to assist less experienced students, can minimize individuals’ self-doubts in their learning abilities and promote suc- cess for all, rather than maintain understanding only among a few. (p. 11) We begin by sharing our DIVAS world with you, the reader, in hopes that you will get a glimpse into how the DIVAS connect with one another, building a supportive and safe community. DIVAS (de: vuz) n. Black women in pursuit of a PhD, a friend, sister, writing partner, source of strength and support; a place of refuge from aca- demia that fosters collaboration, an authentic, organic group of Black women who laugh, cry, challenge one another, love and nurture each other. DIVA utterings: Terms and sayings that DIVAS have dubbed since being established • DIVA LUV: Signifies the bond that has been created, how DIVAS show love. • Big DIVA Sis/Little DIVA Sis: A means of mentoring one another within the group. • OD: Original DIVA, a founding DIVA. 16 Toni MilTon WilliaMs anD Cherrel Miller DyCe • Crossing over: A DIVA who has obtained her PhD. • Praise report: Sharing good news with the group. • Lock...
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