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DiverseCity: The Perspective of a First-Generation College Graduate

DiverseCity: The Perspective of a First-Generation College Graduate

Credit: Vicky Charleston, HPM, Creative ServicesWe meet Houstonian Yolanda Norman. She’s originally from Memphis and has been in Houston since 2007. She’s a first-generation college graduate and is currently a doctoral student.

She talks about the rarity of women of color in tenured faculty at universities and about her experience as the first in her family to go to college. She says that prepares her to help minority students get their degrees.

This segment is part of DiverseCity, a year-long initiative looking at what Houston’s diversity really means for the city. We’ll be examining how it connects or divides us and how it shapes the nation’s fourth-largest city.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →