Webinar 1: Cultural Capital - Alumni Voices
Date: January 19, 2022
Time: 12p ET
About the Presenters:
Eric Magruder Price II | Exploratory Academic Advisor at George Mason University.
Eric Magruder Price II is a Higher Education Administrator with experiences in housing & residence life, program management, and academic advising of undergraduate and graduate school students. A Native of Washington, D.C., he considers the University of the District of Columbia and Winston-Salem State University (both HBCUs) his alma maters. Eric graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Inequalities from Winston-Salem State University and attended Georgetown University completing a Master of Professional Studies in Higher Education Administration. Eric utilizes his experiences as a non-traditional student to engage students to think outside the box of how they define success, reminding them “graduation is not the goal & a degree is not a destination.”
Jeremy J. Lea |Doctoral Student at North Carolina State University
Jeremy J. Lea is a second-year doctoral student in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development Program with a concentration in Higher Education Opportunity, Equity, and Justice at North Carolina State University. His research interests focus on Black men in higher education. As a former Student Affairs professional, Jeremy served in Residence Life at several institutions and oversaw a Black Male Living and Learning community. Jeremy has received several awards and presented at conferences throughout the Southeast. Jeremy advances DEI strategies as a member of several professional associations. Most importantly, Jeremy is a proud alumnus of Winston-Salem State University and credits his HBCU for setting him on a path to success.
Jerisha Farrer |Director of Diversity and Cultural Programs at Fayetteville State University
Jerisha Farrer, affectionately known as “Risha” to her community is currently an emerging practitioner and scholar on the rise in the field of Higher Ed and Students Affairs. In addition, she is a full-time doctoral student at the Auburn University in the Adult Education. Born and reared in Hickory, North Carolina, Jerisha is a 2008 graduate of Hickory High School. Jerisha has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with double minor in History and Economics from Winston-Salem State University and Master of Adult Education with a concentration in Higher Education from North Carolina A&T State University. Her past and current work experience consist of working with building and facilitating equitable educational assessment and evaluation, cultural programming, social entrepreneurship and mobility, the impact of academic engagement through basic needs insecurities, and adult education at HBCU’s. When not working or writing her dissertation you can find her volunteering with the NC Conservation League of Voters or walking trying to get her steps in for the week! Jerisha life mantra is "A luta continua; vitória é certa", meaning "The struggle continues; victory is certain"
Webinar 2: Fostering a Culture to Support Black First Gen.
Date: February 2, 2022
Time: 12p ET
About the presenters:
Kelley O’Neal | Director, Marilyn Kent Byrne Student Success Center, Texas A&M University and co-founder of the Black First Gen, 2022 Chair-Elect of the Advocacy Group for the Center for First-generation Student Success
As the Director of the Byrne Student Success Center for the College of Education & Human Development at Texas A&M University, Kelley leads all retention and persistence efforts for the close to 6,00 undergraduate students enrolled in CEHD. This includes leading the programming for First-generation students within the college. With experience working with First-gen students and minoritized populations at a two-time ASPEN Award finalist community college, a small private HSI institution, and now at a large Tier I Research Institution he has been involved in creating and implementing multiple programs to support students holistically.
Dr. La’Tonya “LT” Rease Miles | Director of Scale and Support, Career Launch, and co-founder of the Black First Gen Collective
La'Tonya "LT" Rease Miles, Ph.D. is a Partner and Director of Scale and Support for Career Launch Academy, a social enterprise. Prior to this position, LT was Dean of Student Affairs at Menlo College, where she also spearheaded campus-wide initiatives that address student food insecurity and established resources for students who identify as "non-traditional," including commuters, parents/caregivers, and returning adults. A first-generation college graduate, La'Tonya has established two successful programs for first-generation college students—one at UCLA and the other at Loyola Marymount University—both recognized as First-gen Forward institutions. She regularly consults with institutions nationally concerning first-gen students and also has advised local high schools about developing programs on their campus. Finally, she established and manages a national Facebook group, "Empowering First Generation Students" and is the Chief Strategist for the "First Gen & Juice" brand.
Dr. Gourjoine M. Wade | Vice President of Student Affairs, Texas Lutheran University
Dr. Gourjoine M. Wade (he/him/his) currently serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Texas Lutheran University (TLU) in Seguin, Texas. A Monroe, Louisiana native and Grambling State University Alumnus who went on to earn a Doctorate in Education in Higher Education Leadership and Management from Walden University, Dr. Wade is a high impact, outcomes-driven, social media connected student affairs practitioner. A first generation college graduate at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level, Dr. Wade has dedicated his 16 year professional career towards finding innovative and strategic ways to expand higher education attainment for those who desire it. Prior to his service at TLU, Dr. Wade served as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Grambling State University (GSU). Dr. Wade is a student advocate who continues to foster a sincere passion to serve students, especially first generation, HBCU students, HSI students, and students of color.
Webinar 3: Socio-emotional Wellness of Black First Gen.
Date: February 10, 2022
Time: 12p ET
About the presenter:
Shashanah Ward, MSW, LCSW | Owner and CEO of Counsel for The Culture
Shashanah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina and Virginia. She is the owner and CEO of Counsel for the Culture, PLLC, a virtual mental wellness practice serving Black professionals who feel stuck in their attempt to authentically navigate life transitions. Shashanah has been in the field of mental health for over 15 years, beginning with opening a group-home for at-risk teenage girls and serving in various capacities including counseling inmates and their family pre-release; and therapy to people of all ages within their homes, schools, psychiatric hospitals, assisted living facilities, and outpatient clinics.
To further her reach, she has been an Adjunct Professor and Clinical Supervisor for other social workers and clinicians in the field. She now uses her expertise to focus on Black professionals because they are often considered the ones who “made it out” but are mentally stuck due to unhealed trauma, microaggressions, feelings of inadequacy, difficult life transitions and guilt for succeeding. Her work is extended through psychotherapy, consulting, and coaching services.
Shashanah holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in Social Work from North Carolina Central University.
Dr. Kimberly Y. Walker | Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for SC Technical College System
Dr. Kimberly Walker is an institutional effectiveness expert with over a decade of experience in higher education and governmental agencies. She is driven by a desire to improve -- the idea that we can all get better, one step at a time and we don't have to sacrifice people and values to do so. Kimberly is a wife, mother of 2 -- Levi and Mackenzie, and proud pet mom to Chase, Growler, Axie, and Loki.
Webinar 4: Financial Wellness for Black First Gen.
Date: February 16, 2022
Time: 12p ET
About the presenters:
Dr. James Winfield | Associate Dean of Global Campus, Southern New Hampshire University
Dr. James K. Winfield serves full-time as the Associate Dean of First Year Experience, General Education and Retention Strategies for Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Campus that supports over 100,000 students. He is also an adjunct professor in Higher Education at Messiah University. He amasses experience and research expertise in first-year programs, academic support, access and success, and supporting underrepresented students. Dr. Winfield is actively involved in NASPA and currently serves on the Center Advocacy Group for the Center for First-generation Student Success. His dissertation research focused on the career self-efficacy of first-generation students in TRIO programs.
Ja’Net Adams | CEO of EMACK Consulting
Ja’Net Adams is an International speaker, author, and the CEO of EMACK Consulting, but when she was in college she let money rule her life. A short time after graduation she found herself in $50,000 of debt! She dug out of the debt in two years by following the principles that she now speaks about to audiences all around the world as a professional motivational speaker. She speaks around the world to various universities, corporations, high schools, and non-profits about Financial Literacy. She recently released her second book “The Money Attractor! Everyone’s Guide To Winning With Money So They Can Live Their Dreams!” Her first book was “Debt Sucks University! A College Student’s Guide To Winning With Money So They Can Live Their Dreams!” She has spoken on behalf of the White House and the Department of Education. Her advice has been featured on Forbes, BBC, CNBC, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise Magazine, Fox Business, JET Magazine, BizWomenJournal.com, LearnVest.com, USA Today, USA Today College, and NPR’s Marketplace Money.
Webinar 5: Career Exploration & Black First Gen.
Date: February 23, 2022
Time: 12p ET
About the presenter:
Dr. Evingerlean D. B. Hudson | Founder and Chief Strategist of Evingerlean Worldwide
Dr. Evingerlean D. B. Hudson, affectionately known as Dr. Eve®, was raised in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina by a single mother in a low-socioeconomic household. She went on to become a first-generation college graduate who earned a Ph.D. at the age of 28. Now, she is the Founder and Chief Strategist of Evingerlean Worldwide®—an entity created to empower first-generation Scholars and graduates across the globe.
As an international speaker, podcast host, and author she’s touched thousands through her work. A few of her past audiences include Cornell University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Ohio State University, 1vyG, Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs, Women Empower X, SocialKnowbility, The United Negro College Fund, and National TRIO Programs. With close to 100k downloads and in more than 85 countries, Dr. Eve’s show, The First-Gen Lounge, inspires, empowers, and uplifts first-generation graduates as they navigate life and entrepreneurship. Her publications have helped transform the lives of thousands of first-generation college students and graduates. Further, she has been featured across several media outlets Voyage MIA, Creating Your Seat at the Table, The Pedestal Project, and Minding My Black Business.
Dr. Eve holds degrees from Shaw University (the oldest HBCU in the South) and The University of Southern Mississippi and is a part of both alumni associations. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and also serves on the steering committee for The Black-Gen Collective and the Board of Directors for FLIP National. In her spare time, Dr. Eve enjoys mentoring, reading, research, traveling, food tasting, cuddling with her chocolate lab (Maxwell Alexander), and adventures with her best friend and life partner, Dr. James M. Hudson.