Taylor Coleman is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish/International Studies at Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia and a Masters of Arts in Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo. She is currently pursuing a PhD in American Studies. Her current research interest focuses on race and identity in Latin America, identity construction, Afro-Latino/a identities (20th century), black transnationalism, and Pan-Africanism.
I chose UB back in 2015 (initially) for their master's program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLAS). Though the program availability shifted, I chose to stay at UB due to faculty being so supportive of my research interests and possibilities for future graduate studies. I chose to stay at UB while pursuing my PhD for many of those same reasons!
My experience so far with UB faculty and students has been awesome! My graduate advisor has been extremely supportive of my research and it has been great to discuss possibilities and perspectives with other faculty members who have similar interests. Their input has helped tremendously! As a TA, having students who are genuinely interested in coursework and topics discussed really help to make for a great semester!
The support that comes from faculty and other students interested in your work is really unmatched. Colleagues who are further along in the PhD process are always willing to lend advice, suggestions, etc. Faculty members continuously offering different perspectives on your work. It all makes you more confident in the work that you're looking to contribute. It helps your self-esteem! The road to a PhD is no easy feat and having people around you to cheer you on makes it much more bearable. - Taylor Coleman