These were all wonderful insights, especially the part about finding community. That was one of my biggest struggles through my PhD and was the impetus for starting Cohort Sistas, to provide a digital community of support and mentorship for Black women pursuing doctoral degrees. There's also so much to be done in terms of equipping and encouraging doctoral students to pursue non-academic degrees. Many faculty are not only clueless about non-ac jobs but unwilling to get up to speed about the realities of the job market and the disparate motivations for students pursuing doctoral studies.

Historian of race & public health. Founder of Cohort Sistas for Black women pursuing doctoral degrees. Always wanted to be a doctor & a writer and now I’m both.

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Ijeoma Kola, PhD

Ijeoma Kola, PhD

Historian of race & public health. Founder of Cohort Sistas for Black women pursuing doctoral degrees. Always wanted to be a doctor & a writer and now I’m both.

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