Introducing The Ebony Tower Podcast

Each year, U.S. universities award more than 55,000 doctoral degrees. Among degree holders, less than 15% are Black, Latinx, or Native American. Often serving as trailblazers in their communities and disciplines, scholars of color face unique challenges as they scale the Ivory Tower. Enter the Ebony Tower podcast—a resource, conversation and community for and by brilliant yet underrecognized and underrepresented scholars of color. Get to … Continue reading Introducing The Ebony Tower Podcast

Home is Where My Heart Resides…

Home is Where My Heart Resides… The U.S. Navy Veteran, turned Howard Hughes Medical Institute funded scientist, explains why he’s coming home to obtain his medical education. By Russell Joseph Ledet  There’s an indescribable feeling that comes from basking in the summer sun in Lake Charles, Louisiana—Sugar-soaked snow cones, boiled crawfish, and that Cajun accent that exudes southern hospitality. Listening to my brothers and sisters … Continue reading Home is Where My Heart Resides…

Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Matthew P. Shaw

The Ebony Tower had the pleasure to interview Dr. Matthew P. Shaw, an American Bar Foundation Law and Social Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education at Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University beginning in 2017. Before earning his doctorate in Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education at Harvard University, Matthew graduated from Columbia Law School, and practiced … Continue reading Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Matthew P. Shaw

Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Daniel Jean

The Ebony Tower Spotlight is dedicated to highlighting the impactful work and unique experiences of early career scholars of color. The column also focuses on providing current and future graduate students with insight and encouragement from those who have successfully navigated the long and winding road to earning a doctoral degree. This week, we would like to shine the spotlight on Dr. Daniel Jean, who … Continue reading Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Daniel Jean

Podcast and Chill

The Ebony Tower Contributors Graduate school leaves little time to sit quietly and enjoy your surroundings. Many of us like to escape into nature, while some of us escape into Netflix. Both hiking and Netflix and chilling can be great. But they also soak up a lot of time. Whether it’s planning a weekend trip to the mountains for some fresh air, or planning a … Continue reading Podcast and Chill

11 Tips for Fall Semester Self-Care

by The Ebony Tower Contributors
Somehow it’s the end of August again, and soon we’ll be back to the daily grind of classes, meetings, too little sleep, and too much caffeine. The Ebony Tower wants to offer you some tips to maintain your sanity this Fall and to commit to your most important assignment of all: Self-Care. Continue reading 11 Tips for Fall Semester Self-Care

To PhD or Not to PhD: That is the Question

by Daphne M. Penn  I remember when I first decided that I wanted to pursue a PhD. It was two weeks from my 25th birthday, I was in the middle of a quarter-life crisis after my childhood bestie suddenly passed away, and as a third year elementary school teacher approaching testing season, I was a bit disillusioned with my current career.  I was feeling both … Continue reading To PhD or Not to PhD: That is the Question

The Ebony Tower FAQs

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about getting involved with The Ebony Tower.    How can I become involved? – Writer – Social Media Contributor (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram) – Photographer (academic settings and scholars in action) – Editor – Research and Scouting Contact Us!   Do I have to be affiliated with an Ivy League school to become a contributor?  Absolutely Not! How long should I … Continue reading The Ebony Tower FAQs