Knowledge for College Podcast
In Episode 9, 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.
In Episode 8, Dr. Hurd speaks with Louisiana community physician Eric “Doc Griggs” Griggs M.D. Doc Griggs says, “I wear scrubs so the kids can see it. I didn’t see very many Black doctors growing up. I didn’t know I could be one until I could see it. So, I wear scrubs all the time . . . My challenge is: I want you to be better than me. So that’s what motivates me is finding the next generation.”
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.