Eight Black PhD Candidates Set to Make History

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Eight African-American women are preparing to make history at the Indiana School of Education.

Known as ‘The Great Eight’, a group of PhD candidates at the Indiana School of Education will make history when they all receive their PhD’s together next month. The fact that they will be the largest group of women of color in their school’s history to cross the stage together at the same time to receive the degrees was not lost on them. They even used that fact to form a group and continuously motivate one another. “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,” PhD candidate Nadrea Njoku told FOX 59.

The ladies feel that their bond is one that women everywhere can learn from. “Standing in solidarity with each other as women and as black women but also opening up a space where we’re standing in solidarity with other historically underrepresented marginalized groups in the university,” said PhD candidate Tiffany Kyser.

“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 PhD candidate Demetrees Hutchins.

‘The Great Eight’ will walk across the stage in May and defend their dissertations during the summer.

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