17: Owning Your Identity and Purpose

An empowering conversation about being first-gen and owning one’s identity, navigating professionals spaces, and setting expectations. Irnande Altema, Esq earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry from the College of Notre Dame in 2007. She then pursued a Master of Science in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University […]


16: Rising from the Bayou

Dr. Dymphna Davis, a Mental Health Professional, Researcher, and Life Strategist. She graduated with a Doctorate in Counselor Education & Supervision. Her dissertation is titled: “The Lived Experience of Successful African American Woman who did not Complete College “ She completed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern State University and received her master’s and a doctoral […]


15: Rethinking First-Gen Stress

#UpliftingFirstGens this week on #ThePUPodcast with Dr. Eve. In celebrating #mentalhealthawareness, this episode is aimed at helping you lay down some of the mental load. Seeing that perception is reality, ponder on these tips and start shifting your perspective about what’s happening in your life so you will stress a little less. Evingerlean D. B. […]


14: Wherever You May Be

Skyra Thomas is the Director of Operations and Support Services at 8 Million Stories. Her work at 8 Million Stories is focused on planning, coordinating, and supervising the day-to-day operations of the program. In her role, Skyra ensures that the program runs efficiently and is student-centered while driving the mission and vision of 8 Million […]


13: Navigating Uncomfortable Places

Jarrel Johnson, a doctorate student, investigates intersecting identities, higher education’s role in inclusion. He attended Shaw University in North Carolina for his bachelor’s degree in English and earned his master’s in higher education leadership at Mercer University in Atlanta. He then entered the workforce as a financial aid adviser at Emory University in Atlanta, and […]