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D.I.V.A. Diaries

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


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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Introduction: Inception of the Distinguished, Intellectual, Virtuous, Academic Sistas (DIVAS) Collective

A DIVACentric Epistemology: Conceptual Foundation



The CourageBy Cherrel Miller Dyce

The beating of my heart reached a rhythm that produced an unsteady gaitMy eyes became enlarged as I search the openness for your presenceUnconsciously we connect in shared silence with our pain as our threadHow could this be, this should have never happened, overflowing sorrowGather ourselves to a place in the spirit; gather ourselves to the plains of tomorrowVictory is upon the horizon, the sun leading us onward to gloryNot now, not ever will we succumbNever will we relinquish our grace, hopes, our joys, our heritageCall yonder for our courage, as we press onwards for the sisters of tomorrow.

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