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Degrees of DifferenceReflections of Women of Color on Graduate School$
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Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043185

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043185.001.0001

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You’re Going to Need a Team

You’re Going to Need a Team

Community, Mentoring, Self-Care, and Other Lessons from the McNair Scholars Program

(p.52) Chapter 3 You’re Going to Need a Team
Degrees of Difference

Delia Fernández

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the lessons for women of color undergraduate and graduate students that the author learned from participating in the McNair Scholars Program in 2009. These include the benefits of forming a community, finding the right mentor or mentors, and prioritizing a regular practice of self-care. The chapter provides firsthand examples of challenges as well as tips and possible solutions for such obstacles. In this essay, administrators and staff can find suggestions for what types of programming can help women of color prepare for graduate school and finish it. Undergraduates will find tips for what types of support they should be seeking out if they are interested in going to graduate school. Graduate students will find recommendations on how to succeed professionally and personally.

Keywords:   McNair Scholars, self-care, mentoring, community formation, counseling, GRE preparation, support

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