The Power in Our Journeys

Practice Plenary

Author and activist Nicole Lynn Lewis began college at William & Mary as a teen mother with her infant daughter in tow. The experience of navigating through a higher education system that was not designed for her provided an in-depth understanding of the challenges that student parents face including the intersectionality of race, gender, and poverty in their journeys.

In 2010, Lewis turned her own experience into her life’s mission by founding Generation Hope, a nonprofit organization that ensures all student parents have the opportunities to succeed and experience economic mobility by engaging education and policy partners to drive systemic change and providing direct support to teen parents in college as well as their children through holistic, two-generation programming.