You know how the moral of the Velveteen Rabbit is that love makes you real?
Well, today I feel real in a new way. Today, for the first time ever, I sat on a dissertation committee and awarded someone their (well-earned) PhD.
Because I spent much of my early career years at the ABF only (you should SEE the new ABF website, BTW), I don’t have as many of these sorts of experiences yet.
Anyway, the joy of it is that the research is FANTASTIC (it is about the political , social, and organizational construction of diversity and how that works in 3 different social locations — a fortune 500 company, a university, and a neighborhood), the student a success (yes she already has a job!), and so while she is busy trying to adjust to feeling more real as a new DOCTOR, I am busy trying to adjust to feeling more real as an academic and mentor.
The best news of all, dear readers, is that this “first” for me was accomplished with and for (but primarily BY) my dear friend, colleague, and collaborator, Ellen Berrey.
KUDOS ELLEN DOCTOR BERREY!!!
Nothin left but the drinkin! See you soon!!!!!