Knowledge for College Podcast
Episode 12: International Women’s Day & Yarbrah Peeples, Ph.D.
On this, International Women’s Day, host Julianna Arnold, VP of Marketing & Communications, speaks with Yarbrah Peeples, Ph.D., who was recently appointed Chief Program Officer. Formerly Senior Regional Director-East, Yarbrah has dedicated her career to ensuring low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students have the opportunity to pursue higher education—be it trade school, military service, community college, or a four-year institution. In Episode 12, learn more about Yarbrah—where she’s been, what she’s doing, and where she plans to lead the organization moving forward.
In Episode 11, Dr. Hurd speaks with Lamisha Alston, a College Advising Corps adviser with AdmitHub/Common App, and Elauna Pettigrew, a College Advising Corps adviser with CollegePoint. Dr. Hurd and her guests discuss college advising in the digital age and the impact COVID has had on this year’s Decision Day.
In Episode 10, Dr. Hurd speaks with Jordan Kijewski, College Advising Corps adviser at the University of Virginia, and Victoria Thach, College Advising Corps adviser at the University of Michigan. In this episode, we highlight the shared values of our advisers and our partners at the Panda Cares Foundation, including character building and college access and success.
In Episode 9, Dr. Hurd speaks with Ryan McBride, former CAC adviser with the Michigan College Advising Corps and current College Access Coach at New Tech Network, and Ebonie Williams, former CAC adviser with the Carolina College Advising Corps and current Senior Director of Post-Secondary Program and Partnerships at One Goal. Williams is one of the “Original Four” that pioneered the Carolina College Advising Corps back in 2007.
In Episode 8, the first of 2021, host Nicole Farmer Hurd, Ph.D., founder and CEO, College Advising Corps, speaks to her guests about their journeys as first-generation college students and how their pursuit of a postsecondary education impacts their communities, their states, and the world. Heidi Estrada, a former CAC advisee, is a junior at The George Washington University. She is the recipient of Taco Bell’s Live Más scholarship. Heidi talks about how the scholarship has enabled her to realize her dream for higher education and provides tips for securing an award-winning application.
Have you ever thought about the ways you inspire potential in others? In Episode 7, featuring Daveed Diggs, actor, writer, producer, rapper and CAC board member; and Cameron Schmidt-Temple, CAC adviser and College Adviser Fellow at the University of California, Berkely, our guests explore the many opportunities we have for inspiring potential in one another. Moved by College Advising Corps’ mission, Daveed says, “Going to college opened so many doors for me both professionally and intellectually. Many students in this country miss out on higher education due to factors that have nothing to do with capacity to learn or to participate and thrive in a college environment. CAC is doing incredible work to help students navigate the process of applying for college and providing support for students on the path to attaining a higher education and this is exactly the kind of hands on advocacy that can actually combat some of the disastrous racial, economic, and gender disparities in this country. I’m so excited to be part of CAC.”
In Episode 6, Dr. Hurd speaks with Kyle Lierman, CEO, When We All Vote (https://www.whenweallvote.org/), a non-profit, nonpartisan organization increasing participation in every election. “Do something for yourself, do something for your country, do something for your community by making your voice heard on the issues that you care about,” says Kyle Lierman.
Dr. Hurd’s fifth episode features Dolly Klock, M.D., founder of ADOLESSONS (www.adolessonsla.com), and Jasmine N. Tucker, M.Ed, LCDC-I, 6th-grade school counselor, Crowley Middle School (www.jasminentucker.com). Just what is the best path to self-care? In this episode, you’ll learn what is and what isn’t real self-care.
Do you remember the personal statement you submitted when applying to the university of your dreams? In Dr. Hurd’s fourth episode, she discusses the dos and don’ts surrounding personal statements with her guests Eric Waldo, executive director for Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and vice president for Access and Equity at Common App; and CAC alums Elisa Castillo, now CAC program coordinator at USC; and Carla Veliz, an academic advisor at Biola University.
Partnerships can bridge the gap in knowledge and expertise. In her third episode Dr. Hurd sits down to talk with Eric Waldo, executive director for Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and vice president for Access and Equity at Common App; and CAC alums Elisa Castillo, now College Advising Corps program coordinator at USC; and Carla Veliz, an academic advisor at Biola University.
In this second episode, Be Brave, Dr. Hurd speaks with Rep. Joaquin Castro, a member of CAC’s Board of Directors, and Jobrina Perez, a former College Advising Corps adviser at Texas A&M University. The trio discuss the courage needed to just show up.
In the debut episode of Knowledge For College, Nicole Farmer Hurd, Ph.D., speaks with former college advisers Ariel Cochrane-Brown, Ph.D., and Donovan Livingston, Ph.D. The host asks her guests how their service as college advisers has helped to propel their careers.