The Road to the Ph.D. and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured
Edited By Cherrel Miller Dyce and Toni Milton Williams
Chapter 1. Standing in the Gap as the Academic Intercessor (Cherrel Miller Dyce)
1. Standing in the Gap as the Academic Intercessor Cherrel Miller DyCe Exodus: Jamaica to the PhD Without a doubt, my journey to the doctorate has been influenced by the nature and structure of my community and family. My perspective on educa- tion has been forged and influenced by immigration, communal reciprocity, cultural flexibility, family involvement and dedication, a robust work ethic, Jamaican national pride, and my faith. Quintessentially, my educational odys- sey is a classic example of Bronfenbrenner’s (1979) ecological systems theory where constructs such as interdependency, collectivity, reciprocity, and mutu- ality are correlated with intrapsychic well-being and self-worth. From an early age, I witnessed the power of the collective in promoting the physical, socio-emotional, cultural, and economical survival of not only micro-level constituencies but members in the meso and macro systems as well. My grandmother, a valorous advocate in our community, was years ahead of her time in situating issues of social justice outside of individual-level char- acteristics. Ostensibly, my grandmother, a farmer in rural Jamaica, lived and embodied central components of Africentrism, a worldview that is centered in the experiences of individuals of African descent in the Diaspora, valuing concepts such as harmony, balance, oneness, and interconnectedness (Hunn, 2004). Concomitantly, I saw others in my family and community—mother, aunts, grandfather, and teachers—use the very complex biological tools of the mind, eyes, ears, mouth, heart, hands, and feet to assist, restore, bear, and renew others in the community. In other words, they stood in the gap...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.
Do you have any questions? Contact us.Or login to access all content.