Shepherd Explores Identity and Heritage Through NSE Program

Kiah Shepherd

At the University of Minnesota, students are presented with the opportunity to engage in the National Student Exchange Program (NSE). This program, designed for those not yet prepared to study abroad, allows access to various colleges and universities across the nation. NSE not only broadens students’ academic horizons but also enables them to enroll in courses that may not be available at the U of M.

A recent Minnesota Daily article, features Kiah Shepherd sharing her experience with the NSE program at Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU), which is a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Shepherd reflects on how this experience contributed to her personal growth, providing insights into her role within the Black community. During her time at FAMU, she enrolled in a Black psychology class, deepening her understanding of her Black heritage. As a result, she concluded the program with a newfound sense of pride in her identity, solidifying her commitment to contribute to helping the Black community.

Kiah Shepherd, undergraduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.

Composed by Madison Stromberg, communications assistant.

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