One More Hispanic PhD

A good friend of mine emailed me over the weekend to let me know that he just completed all the requirements to earn his doctorate. It was an exciting time for him and his family. Having been in the same doctoral program with him four years, I appreciated his accomplishment – the many lonely nights typing away, the missed parties, the delayed visits, and all the time spent away from loved ones. That’s the main thing right there isn’t it? The time – all that time. The fact that less than 5% of all doctorate or PhDs awarded each year are earned by Latinos makes the accomplishment even more significant. When I completed my doctorate last year, I instantly felt a sense of obligation – not in a negative sense – but in a commitment to apply my accomplishment by creating new knowledge and adding my own bricks to the scholarly wall. And while there is still a long way to go before Hispanics earning doctorates and PhDs are on par with other demographic groups, I’m gratified to know there is one more person that is helping increase that number.

Congratulations Javier.