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Dr. Yolanda E. Norman 

As a low-income first-generation college student, Dr. Norman often questioned her journey for a college education and daily fought the negative thoughts telling her she didn't belong. After more than 17 years of working in higher education and taking her college student development knowledge to the seventh largest school district in the nation leading college readiness efforts, Dr. Norman now spends her time inspiring young people to pursue a higher education and works with organizations nationally to help students aspire to and persist towards college graduation.


Known in the digital world as "FirstGenCollege", Dr. Norman shares her experience of being a first-generation college student-athlete and gives students insight into her story of resilience and determination.


"I created FirstGenCollege Consulting because first-generation college students are not persisting and graduating at the same rate as their multi-generational peers. Something has to change and we are determined to help others understand and focus on changing this inequality in college achievement." - Dr. Norman


Speaking at colleges and universities across the country, Dr. Norman works with faculty, staff, and students to unpack the first-generation college student identity and the research-based critical support these students need to persist and become college graduates. Dr. Norman believes that when the most vulnerable student populations are thriving, the entire campus benefits. Whether working with students individually on the college prep process or working with educational teams to focus on student success, Dr. Norman's passion, knowledge, and experience undoubtedly shines through.


Dr. Norman holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of St. Thomas and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, a Master of Science in Sports Management and Administration, and a Master of Education in Counseling and College Student Personnel from the University of Southern Mississippi.