Deciding to pursue a Ph.D. wasn’t a difficult decision. I consider myself a student of life. In every situation, be it personal, professional, social and otherwise – I commit to learn and grow into the person that I desire – and so that I may acquire the credentials, expertise and insights necessary to help others live their highest potential.

On Monday, May 7th, I successfully defended my dissertation and earned the title, Dr. Patricia Luckoo, Ph.D. My dissertation, “Deconstructing Negative Stereotypes, Myths and Microaggressions: Reconstructing Black Women’s NARRATIVE, Identity and the Empowering Nature of Ethnic Identity” explores enduring intersectional challenges with racial discrimination that remain a significant aspect of many Black women’s everyday experience. The research argues that a strong ethnic identity in self and group membership serves as a buffer against microaggressions.

Even though my study focuses on Black women, all are welcome to join the discussion irrespective of their ethnicity. A better understanding of each other is essential to our collective growth.

“I think the more we know the better we are. I mean not just facts. The more we know about each other, the closer we are to learn something about ourselves.”  -Maya Angelou-