The University of Michigan enrolled 59,933 students for the fall 2011 school semester. Out of almost 60 thousand students, 18,162 are enrolled in the  University’s Rackham Graduate School, and 2,750 are pursuing graduate level engineering degrees.

But that’s just numbers.

Imagine if out of a total of  almost 3,ooo students in your program, day in and day out, the only time you see another African- American female in your classes is when you look in the mirror.

That was the case for Kyla McCullen, 29, who graduated this past year to become University of Michigan’s first African-American female computer science PhD alumna.

The Grio has more of the challenges she faced,

“My [graduate program chair] told me, ‘Not everyone is cut out to study computer science. Have you tried any other careers?’ He said I didn’t have what it took to study computer science,” she said. “That was the only time…

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