About Dr. Lamesha C. Brown

As a first-generation college graduate, from a low-income background, my work centers around ensuring that marginalized students have access to educational opportunity. While some educators believe that we have an achievement gap between students who hold privileged identities and students who are minoritized, I say that what we really have is an opportunity gap. In my work, I seek to eliminate this gap. 

Additionally, my scholarship interests revolve around Black women's experiences in higher education; first-generation doctoral students; student success in higher education; intersectionality; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

If you are looking for a speaker for your upcoming event, contact me at lcbphd19@gmail.com


Current Projects


Financial Coaching


I believe that we all can experience financial freedom in our lives. It may be hard to imagine being debt free with money in savings. However, you do not have to do it alone! Let me help you make a plan, reach your goals, and collect your coins.

Schedule your complimentary 20-minute consultation at https://calendly.com/lcbphd19.

Need help budgeting your monthly expenses? Place your order here and I will help you right away!

In June 2017, I became a co-founder of #FirstGenDocs, along with my colleagues and friends Dr. Raven K. Cokley and Dr. Jason K. Wallace. We created #FirstGenDocs to affirm the experiences, amplify the voices, and celebrate the brilliance of first-generation doctoral students. During the academic year, we host bi-monthly Twitter chats and monthly virtual writing retreats. Follow us on Twitter @FirstGenDocs.


Past Projects

2021 NASPA Virtual Conference

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In this session entitled "Expanding Your Network as a Black Professional: Social Engagement While Being Physically Distant," we will share stories of how we have built a network and benefitted from our professional relationships. We will discuss the strengths and challenges of building a network and how attendees can create a plan to build their own, focusing in on the capital we possess that enable us to navigate spaces that were not created for us. Additionally, we will highlight ways that attendees can engage socially while keeping distance physically. 

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2020 NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education

In this session, we focused on the racial and gender disparities found in current policies and practices concerning student loan borrowing and debtsocial class-based experiences of first-generation Black women in their doctoral programs, and programmatic strategies to help Black women forecast financial obstacles and proactively address them. 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workshops

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Level Up: Moving from Self-Doubt to Self-Confidence

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I served as a 2021 keynote speaker for the MNTRIO Student Development and Leadership Conference. In my speech, I shared my personal journey as a first-generation college student from a low-income background. I interwove stories of failures and successes as I navigated college and how I had to silence thoughts of being an imposter in the process. Finally, I provided tips on how attendees could move from self-doubt and inspired them to develop and maintain their self-confidence.

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2020 NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education

College students often graduate with low credit scores that impede their ability to secure affordable loans, apartment rentals, and even jobs. UMN Crookston partnered with Esusu Financial to pilot an innovative financial wellness program for its first-year seminar students. In this session, we discussed our partnership and outcomes, one being that student participants in the pilot saw an average credit score increase of 50 points.

I served as a consultant for the East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club located in Moraga, California. I secured expert panelists for their two-part social justice series and served as a moderator for each panel. 

Client Feedback:

"I really appreciated your organization and consistent, clear communication. We always knew exactly what to expect from you, what step you were on, and your ability to bring together a great group of panelists. You were professional every step of the way and also very easy to work with."

-Shane Carney, Executive Director

"The final product was excellent. You did a great job of finding panelist that were able to share their expertise and views in a way that was digestible to the kids, our main audience."

-Fernando Vesga Villalba, Technical Director