A Guide to Navigating Doctoral Programs for Women of Color

October 18, 2016


Time: 8–9 p.m. ET

Location: Online

Cost: Free




Event Description

AAUW Younger Women's Task Force logoThe Younger Women’s Task Force is thrilled to bring you A Guide to Navigating Doctoral Programs for Women of Color. This webinar is meant to be an open panel discussion for women who are interested in entering a doctoral program specifically in areas that are male dominated and/or lack colorful representation. We hope this is an opportunity for women to engage in a candid conversation about what it is really like for women of color to enter doctorate-level education.


Meet the Panel

Kimberly S. Adams
Kimberly S. AdamsKimberly Adams is a professor of political science at East Stroudsburg University. Her areas of teaching include American national government, women and politics, racial and ethnic politics, political parties, political communication, the legislative process, and campaigns and elections. Adams’ research explores the agenda-setting behavior of nontraditional legislatorspecifically women and African Americans). She has presented academic papers and lectures on women, politics, and race at the state, national, and international levels. She serves as an American Fellowships selection panelist for AAUW. She is a member of numerous organizations, including the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, the American News Women’s Club, the American Association of Political Consultants, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is also a charter member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Emerson Zora Hamsa
Emerson Zora HamsaEmerson Zora Hamsa is a doctoral student with a concentration in African American religion in Rice University’s Department of Religion. She earned her bachelor’s in English literature and language from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and obtained her master’s of divinity and master’s of theological studies from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Her interdisciplinary research interests include African American religion and literature as well as cultural history.


Mariam El-Ashmawy
Mariam El-AshmawyMariam El-Ashmawy is pursuing medical and doctorate degrees at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She recently finished her dissertation work at UT Southwestern’s Shay/Wright Lab in the department of cell biology, where she investigated ways to protect healthy cells from the negative effects of radiation therapy in lung cancer. She grew up in Lewisville, Texas, and completed her bachelor’s of science in psychology at Arizona State University in 2008. A 2015–16 AAUW American Fellow, El-Ashmawy plans to become a medical oncologist focusing on new clinical therapies for cancer.


Gloria L. Blackwell

Gloria Blackwell, SVP Fellowships and Programs

Gloria Blackwell is AAUW’s vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs, overseeing and executing AAUW’s annual $4 million in fellowships, grants, and awards. She also directs AAUW’s international collaborations with the Clinton Global Initiative, the United Nations, and other global organizations. Before joining AAUW in 2004, she was the director of Africa education programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Gloria also managed fellowships programs during her decade at IIE and has held positions as a Peace Corps staff member and volunteer in Africa. She holds a master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University, a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and studied at the American University in Paris.