Ebonies in the Ivory (EITI) is an empowerment and lifestyle brand that aims to support women of color (WOC) prior to, during, and beyond the doctoral process. It is our mission to challenge and dispel the myth that the educational experiences and personal narratives of WOC are not valuable in the realm of higher education, which has resulted in virtually non-existent scholarly literature addressing WOC and the uniqueness of their journeys within academia. Thus, EITI seeks to validate and champion WOC by providing a platform through which their experiences are acknowledged and their stories are told and heard, including through the publishing of scholarly research. Additionally, EITI aspires to foster engagement via various mediums, through which the unique, intersectional experiences as it relates to higher education, career, and culture of WOC are highlighted.
It was while pursuing their master's degree in Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health at Louisiana State University (LSU), that D’Jalon and LaKeitha became acquainted and developed a professional relationship and friendship. Upon graduating, they both committed to pursuing a terminal degree in 2013 and supporting each other throughout the doctoral process. Ebonies in the Ivory (EITI) was birthed from Dr. Bell’s and Dr. Poole’s personal experiences while pursuing a Ph.D., including the realization that literature surrounding women of color (WOC) is lacking within academic journals, and its mission has been validated by the countless experiences shared by WOC who have also pursued doctorates.