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DiverseCity: The Perspective of a First-Generation College Graduate

We 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. […]

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We 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 Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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