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How Dr. Kudaisi, A Super Mom Of Five, Beat Covid Then Gave Birth And Graduated Shortly After

Dr. Queshonda Kudaisi serves as proof that Black women are otherworldly! Dr. Kudaisi is a mother of five who defied the odds and even successfully gave birth and attended graduation to receive her Ph.D. and her journey is one that will both shock and inspire you. After testing positive for COVID-19 back in August, Dr. Queshonda Kudaisi wasn’t sure that she nor the baby would survive and even began to consider her options for pushing back her graduation from the University of South Florida. “I thought the baby and I wouldn’t survive, or that I would have to push back my graduation,” she explained via Twitter.

Shanique Yates

Dec 21, 2021

USF's Dr. Shamaria Engram Makes History As First Black Woman to Graduate From CSE Doctoral Program

Black graduates are still making history in the new year. This week, Tampa Bay native Dr. Shamaria Engram marked a historic milestone as the first Black woman to graduate from the University of South Florida’s Computer Science and Engineering doctoral program, WFLA reports. In the 40-plus years that USF’s Computer Science and Engineering doctoral program has been around, no Black woman has graduated with such a degree, but thanks to Dr. Engram that has since changed. Dr. Engram recalls growing up often times being the only Black person in the room having attended Strawberry Crest High School — which was known as a predominately white school. “You kind of have to put on this face because you don’t want someone to look at you differently,” she told WFLA . “You want them to consider you as smart as everyone else in the room.” After graduating high school, she went on to attend Bethune Cookman University, an HBCU located in Daytona Beach. Throughout her undergraduate career, she grew...

Njera Perkins

Jan 7, 2021