Women of color are underrepresented in university settings, both as students and faculty, when compared to national representation within the population. A lack of representation results in fewer role models for women of color, as well as limited peer support from those with a shared experience. Experiences of racism and sexism also exist, further contributing to the unique experience of being a woman of color within higher education. This study explores the journey and experiences of women of color (N = 5) as they enter into their first semesters as counselor education, PhD students. Results revealed six themes: diversity (racial/ethnic) within the program, racial/cultural awareness, setting an example, sacrifices/challenges of PhD, and the journey to a PhD program.
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