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    11. Summary

    The pipelines, portals, programs, and research activities created or enhanced by the CGS/Peterson’s Award for Innovation in Promoting an Inclusive Graduate Community are now institutionalized at the University of Memphis. The successful outcomes of each of the aforementioned programs and/or research activities include increased enrollment of doctoral students from underrepresented populations as well as a greater commitment to and appreciation for the richness of experiences and strengths that students from underrepresented populations bring to doctoral programs. Moreover, earning a PhD often changes significantly the lives of minority students. In April of 2009, a graduate from the doctoral program in Philosophy, Kristie Dotson, and the author had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the CGS Legislative Forum held at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Dr. Dotson moved the audience by describing how the Ph.D. transformed her life. Coming from an environment with limited resources and a family that faced homelessness, Dr. Dotson now serves as an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. Her story not only captures the importance of enhancing diversity and inclusiveness in graduate programs, but also reflects the empowerment of the PhD for students from underrepresented populations.


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