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D.I.V.A. Diaries

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


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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Cheryll Sibley-Albold earned her PhD degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research areas of interest are social and professional identity development as well as academic self-efficacy and academic self-concept, particularly as they relate to academic performance, socialization, retention, and persistence.

Temeka L. Carter earned a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her academic interests include African American Studies, prophetic pragmatism, service-learning, feminism, and media studies.

Marrissa Dick earned a PhD in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations with a Specialization in Cultural Studies and a minor in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Dick’s academic interest includes Mis-Educative and Micro-Aggressive Experiences in the American educational system.

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