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Meet Jasmine Bowers, the First Black Person to Obtain a Doctorate in Computer Science From UF

Black people are continuing to raise the bar in education, and University of Florida graduate Jasmine Bowers is no exception as she’s the first Black person to obtain a doctorate in computer science from the university, Black News reports . Despite living through a global pandemic and social upheaval in America, Bowers powered through her final semester making history in the process. According to Bowers, the motivation for her latest accomplishment started at a young age when her mother taught her how to use [Microsoft] Excel to create a “wish list.” “I grew up in a household where I was encouraged to embrace technology,” Bowers told Because of Them We Can . “I also had the freedom to utilize technologies that included computers and other equipment that my mother, a [self-taught] engineer, had.” “The Ph.D. was and is the pinnacle of the seed planted years ago, deposits from teachers, internship experiences, amazing...

Aug 13, 2020

Nigerian Civil War Survivor Earns Ph.D. From Howard University at 73

For Florence Nwando Onwusi Didigu, age is the last thing that will stop her from accomplishing her goals, and receiving her Ph.D. in communication, culture, and media studies from Howard University at 73-years-old, is proof. The Howard Newsroom announced that the Nigerian-born student defended her dissertation titled, “Igbo Collective Memory of the Nigeria – Biafra War (1967-1970): Reclaiming Forgotten Women’s Voices and Building Peace through a Gendered Lens,” which is a reflection of the Igbo women who survived the war. While matriculating through school, she overcame several hurdles to earn her fourth degree — as a Sasakawa and Annenberg Fellow — including shingles and family deaths. “In my second year at Howard, and very close to my screening test, I lost my mother and my father within months,” said Didigu. “I had to return to Nigeria each time to perform the demanding burial ceremonies for each. I was completely deflated, both physically and emotionally, but I persevered...

Jun 15, 2020