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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataD.I.V.A. diaries: the road to the Ph.D. and stories of black women who have endured / edited by Cherrel Miller Dyce, Toni Milton Williams.Pages cm. — (Black studies and critical thinking; Vol. 58) Includes bibliographical references.1. African American women scholars—Biography. 2. Doctoral students—United States—Biography. 3. Doctoral students—United States—Social conditions. 4. Doctor of philosophy degree—United States. I. Dyce, Cherrel Miller, editor of compilation, author. II. Williams, Toni Milton, editor of compilation, author. III. Title: DIVA diaries.I. Platt, C. Spencer.LC2781.D46    378.1’982996073—dc23    2014048952ISBN 978-1-4331-2385-6 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2384-9 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1521-9 (e-book)ISSN 1947-5985Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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