Telling Our Story Podcast

This series shares the stories of AASCU institutions that are making great strides toward serving underrepresented students and their communities—and fostering a greater future for our nation.

Latest Episodes

Success Central: Supporting Underrepresented Students Through Peer Coaching

In this episode of Telling Our Story, Leticia chats with three outstanding guests from Central Connecticut State University about its Success Central program, an innovative peer-coaching initiative that’s helped students achieve academic and personal success for 10 years running.

Guests include:

  • Zulma R. Toro, president, Central Connecticut State University
  • Reginald Simmons, professor and chair, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, and supervisor, Success Central, Central Connecticut State University
  • Tori Wallington, student, former mentee, mentor, and now mentor coordinator, Success Central, Central Connecticut State University

Read more about the CCSU Success Central program here.

Building a Pipeline of Diverse Teachers for the Next Generation of K–12 Students

In this episode of Telling Our Story, Leticia chats with two leaders from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore about the institution’s Men of Color in Education program. The program seeks to attract, retain, and form a community for male educators of color, who comprise 2% of the U.S. public school teaching workforce.

Guests include:

  • Richard H. Warren Jr., Richard F. Hazel professor of education and director of the Men of Color in Education program, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Todd Nock, financial aid counselor, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; former North Dorchester High School teacher under the Men of Color in Education program; current mayor, Pocomoke City, Maryland

Contact Richard H. Warren Jr. at

View the UMES Promising Practices article and video here.

Amplifying Postsecondary Accessibility at CSU Pueblo

In this episode of Telling Our Story, host Leticia Maldonado chats with leaders from Colorado State University Pueblo about the institution’s University Track Centers, how they’re helping to promote postsecondary culture, create pathways for underrepresented students to pursue higher education, and much more.

Guests include:

  • Timothy Mottet, president, CSU Pueblo
  • Kristyn White Davis, vice president for enrollment management and extended studies, CSU Pueblo
  • Mikayla Lerch, alumna and current admissions counselor, CSU Pueblo

Reimagining the Value of Postsecondary Education

In the first episode of Telling Our Story, host Leticia Maldonado, program manager for postsecondary value at AASCU, and guests discuss the critical role AASCU is playing to expand life-changing opportunities and close opportunity gaps for today’s diverse student populations.

Guests include:

  • Mildred García, president, AASCU
  • Charles L. Welch, president, Arkansas State University System, and former chair, AASCU Board of Directors
  • Jamey Rorison, senior program officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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