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D.I.V.A. Diaries

The Road to the Ph.D. and Stories of Black Women Who Have Endured

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Edited By Cherrel Miller Dyce and Toni Milton Williams

The Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic Sistas (D.I.V.A.S.) is a group of Black women who formed a bond with one another as doctoral students as a means of support on their journey through the academy. The acronym defines the women individually and as an entire group. This anthology can be used as a practical, student-centered sourcebook for Black female doctoral candidates. By providing narratives about the importance of race, class, culture, religion, socioeconomics, and nationality, this book aims to encourage more Black women to pursue a terminal degree and to continue professional development throughout their careers. It provides readers with strategies to sustain themselves while in a graduate program, on the job market, and during the tenure-earning process. Contributors are full of passion as they encourage one another while bringing the reader into their realm of the academic battlefield.
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3. Collaboration and Encouragement as Mile Markers: Running for the Prize of PhD

Deciding to Run

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3. Collaboration and Encouragement as Mile Markers: Running for the Prize of PhD

CYNTHIA THRASHER SHAMBERGER

Strength to RunWho put me here to run this race?Where does my help come from?How can I take another step to endure this journey’s strenuous pace?I look to the Great Creator within and find the strength to run.The open window lets rain on my face, no sleep all night long.Trying to stay awake to meet a deadline, hating the countrymusic whine, as I drive along. Exhausted in this difficult space—will I ever get done?Looking to the Great Creator, again, I find more strength to run.Lonely days and lonely nights, tears and groans and sighs aremingled with those who care for me, cheering from the sides.Until at last the journey’s done, the victor’s prize is won.Now I lift my voice, my eyes, my hands and thankThe Great Creator within for being my strength to run.

— Cynthia Thrasher Shamberger

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