This was after she successfully passed her dissertation defense. Alena Maze is a vlogger, a wife and a mother of 7.

She talked about how her history-making accomplishment is specifically tied to her achievement of becoming the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in the field, in the entire world.

As a survey statistician, Maze is responsible for researching the math behind surveys to provide the most accurate sample representative of the whole population and make estimates from that sample size to help formulate survey questions. She was inspired to enter into the sector because of her passion for math, health, and desire to create true inclusivity in surveys moving forward.

While she is grateful to have completed this journey finally, it was not without its fair share of challenges. She hopes that her dream of inspiring other Black girls to reach for the highest heights in education will be manifested by sharing her story