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Kayla Ritter Rickels

Episode # 24

Education is For Everyone

Considering that Minnesota has one of the largest achievement gaps across socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic demographics, what needs to change so education is equitable for all people? In this episo... 

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Uzo Ngwu

Episode # 23

Turning Your Passion Into a Career

Is it possible to turn your passion into a career? In this episode, Uzo Ngwu shares about how being an artist and believing in herself has helped her find the confidence to achieve her goals to purs... 

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Marcus Flynn

Episode # 22

If You See It, You Can Be It: Supporting Black Youth

Markus Flynn talks about the value of representation in education, specifically with Black male educators, in the Minneapolis and St. Paul public school systems. Combined, these school systems serve... 

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Teresa Lugo

Episode # 21

Acknowledging Challenges on the Road to College

We know there are many reasons why pursuing your education might seem impossible, but we have also heard so many stories about why it’s worth it, that you can do it, and that there are resources out... 

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Lara Gerhardson

Episode # 20

Breaking Barriers for Yourself and Your Community

Representation matters! Lara Gerhardson, the Outreach Liaison for the Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program (MISP), talks about her journey through higher education, including stops at Harvard and B... 

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David Mesta

Episode # 19

Class Is Important (So Is the Other Stuff)

Are you trying to find your own community on campus? David Mesta talks about the benefits of staying active during your college experience, not only in class but also in extracurricular activities. F... 

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