I Didn’t Go to Evil Medical School to be Called “Mr.”

I was incensed when WSJ writer Joseph Epstein recommended Dr. Jill Biden drop “Doctor” as an honorific, but I could relate.

I don’t mind if people don’t call me doctor, but it bothers me when people refuse to do so. Once I was at a university new student orientation event and the host introduced everyone as “Dr. So-and-so,” until she got to me. She simply said, “That’s Roshaunda.”

Mr. Epstein’s recommendation resurrected this memory and solidified the necessity of my current passion project.



Black women share their stories of earning their doctorates to heal themselves and elevate others.

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Roshaunda D. Cade, Ph.D.

I’m owner and life writing coach at LELA House; lover of music, dance, nature and art; and founder of Sistahs on the Doctoral Journey (https://bit.ly/3gNMPPB)