Weaving together the chapters in Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color and Indigenous Women on Graduate School is a commitment to demonstrate how women of color cultivate community and a sense of self, while simultaneously resisting oppression and microaggression in order to survive and thrive in a space that was never meant for them to succeed. The Epilogue calls attention to how the contributors exist in conversation with one another, unleashing their inner feminist killjoy as they speak to the sense of alienation experienced as a result of lack of understanding faced within cohorts, departments, and families. At the same time, these women reveal the mechanisms that allowed them to find support in friends, colleagues, and mentors in order to negotiate imposter syndrome and develop a sense of belonging in the academy. The conclusion illuminates strategies that women of color employ as they resist attempts of further marginalization within the academy.
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