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About Dr. Lamesha C. Brown

As a first-generation college graduate, from a limited-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

My latest projects

Current and Past 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.

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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. When we were active, we hosted (bi-)monthly Twitter chats and monthly virtual writing retreats. See the community we created on X, formerly known as Twitter. #FirstGenDocs

My past projects

College Access & Success
Speaking Engagements

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Girls Inc. of Central Alabama

In this session, I spoke about the importance of making wise decisions, as it relates to college choice and finances while in college, and exploring to determine what subjects they love.

Client Feedback:

"Dr. Brown held an engaging session virtually for our teen students. They learned about different degree paths, her journey working in higher education, and non-profits. I loved that she was very relatable and gave relevant information to our teen students."

-Girls Inc. of Central Alabama

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Speaking Engagements


Office of Administrative Hearings Advanced Mediation Training 

In this workshop, I had the opportunity to facilitate a conversation, on bias in mediation, with administrative law judges, workers' compensation judges, and staff attorneys.

Client Feedback:

"I love your personality and demeanor. You have a great way of lowering people's defenses to have an honest difficult discussion. You gave meaningful examples and put yourself in the same space/level as those you were addressing."

-Mediation Center


Minnesota Municipal Clerks Institute 

In this workshop, I facilitated a conversation on "Advancing Race Equity" with city administrators, deputy clerks, and clerks throughout the state of Minnesota!

Attendee Feedback:

"What a great speaker and class. I would take any class with Lamesha. She allowed for some very candid conversations about difficult topics in our society today."


"This was a very eye-opening topic. The article Lamesha shared was very powerful. I did not think about the things I take for granted as white privilege but after reading the article I have a much better understanding of what white privilege is. This class will make me think about a lot of things differently."

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East Bay Eclipse Soccer Club 

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

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