Ph.D. student in Education, KCP Fellow
Marion Tate is a recipient of the King-Chavez-Parks Fellowship. She is a 4th year Ph.D. student from Detroit in the Department of Education.
What do you enjoy most about living/going to school in Detroit?
I enjoy the diversity of nationalities in Detroit. This is especially helpful for my research interests which are Middle Eastern immigrant women, family literacy, and acculturation.
What has been your most meaningful experience or area of growth as a graduate student?
Having an opportunity to teach immigrant children and connecting it to my research interests has given me a different perspective and outlook on life.
What is your current field of study/research? What’s been your most interesting insight, significant accomplishment or research breakthrough?
I am currently still doing coursework. My research will involve museum education, family literacy and the integration of Yemeni women.
What motivated you to pursue this field of study?
I have always been interested in learning about other cultures. Teaching, on the other hand, was something I did, even as an adolescent. I was always teaching someone something. My doctoral studies were a logical avenue that connected the two things I love.
How do you envision your career after your degree?
I hope to teach, work in a field/capacity that connects both domestic and international aspects of society with respect to education, (e.g., an NGO or an embassy), and write and publish my experiences.
How has the fellowship supported or enhanced your scholarship at WSU or experience as a graduate student?
The program has given me a great support and network system. It has prepared me for opportunities to present my work at conferences. Conferences are a great way of introducing you into the real world in a non-threatening way. Also, KCP encourages you to teach, which provides opportunities to sharpen my professional teaching practice. KCP also given me access to a diverse and interdisciplinary range of scholars. The KCP visiting scholars program is also very exciting, informative, and provides exposure into other fields of study from an under represented scholar’s perspective. I find this extremely encouraging.
What advice would you have for current or future Ph.D. students at Wayne State?
Future students should (1) determine beforehand the topic they want to study, (2) research the program thoroughly. Know what it can and cannot offer you, and (3) interview at least 4-8 professors you know you will have to work with. You can get a sense about personalities and temperament, which is worth its weight in gold. Taking these steps will eliminate a lot of frustration later in the program, provide confidence and a sense of security and support. In essence, it will remove the foundational the guess work and provide clearer direction for first year students.
Interview by Christine Nyawaga