#BlackExcellence: 8 Women Make History By Receiving Their PhDs Together

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#thegreateight

Black women and academics will always be something that is near and dear to my heart. I do not care if you are the best creative out there, you still need to pay attention to your education because it gives you that more of an edge in this crazy world that we live in.

With that said I came across a story where 8 black women from the Indiana School of Education are going to make history by graduating with their Ph.D.’s together this Summer.

According to AOL

The women formed a circle of support after realizing there were so few people of color in their program. “We understood very early on that we had a distinction, a commonality, a thread between all of us and so we began to meet as a group,” said Ph.D. candidate Nadrea Njoku.

The women formed a friendship helping each other through the program so that they could guarantee that they each would succeed by the end of the program.

“We really value the fact that we need each other to deal with emotional expression,” said Ph.D. candidate Johari Shuck. “When you’re the only or one of a handful of people of color in the classroom particularly when it comes to speaking about issues of race. You can often become the token or spokesperson,” Jasmin Haywood of the “Great Eight” said.

Tiffany Kyser one of the Ph.D. candidate explained that they are “standing in solidarity with each other as women and as Black women, and also opening up a space where we’re standing in solidarity with other historically underrepresented marginalized groups in the university.” “If we get more images of showing us in these positive lights. Then we can truly say this is nothing special because it happens all the time. So until we get to that point we’ll be the great eight and we’ll shine that light on it,” said Ph.D. candidate Demetrees Hutchins.

If this isn’t #goals then I do not know what is, congratulations to the #greateight

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