I’m in Graduate School & I Don’t Fit in . . . Now What?

Jennifer Waltman

 

Graduate school is exciting!  Yet, for many scientists obtaining an advanced degree is a “means to an end” and “task” to complete along a career journey.   Obtaining advanced degrees are hard; not only in the classroom.  Students dream of sharing new knowledge and skills based on community needs.  How to survive academic needs? How do students manage expectations and culture while maintaining identity and purpose?  This storytelling session will share lessons learned along an academic journey fulfilling an elders dream of her mentee becoming a doctor. The presentation shares stories while offering ideas to manage experiences along your academic journey.


Jennifer Waltman

The founder of Heritage Wellness Group, Jennifer has been advising organizations for over a decade. Her consulting work includes Tribes, government and non-profit organizations, small businesses and Fortune 100 companies. Jennifer's focus includes individual and team coaching, as she completes her doctorate. Her emphasis on workplace wellness applies scientific assessment with inclusion of applied therapeutic skills to promote health during times of transition and turmoil. Jennifer’s passion around creating health and wellness at a population level makes her a dynamic speaker and facilitator. Jennifer earned a Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Master Degree in Business Administration, pursuing her doctorate in psychology, and is a 2014 Bush Foundation Fellow. She holds certification’s in health and wellness coaching, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI®, Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI®), and in the process of board certification in neurofeedback. Jennifer is of multicultural heritage, Polish and Standing Rock Lakota. She is a cancer survivor and passionate about the application of traditional medicine to improve wellness and eliminate health disparities in Indian Country. She is in the dissertation process of her doctor of psychology degree under the advisement of Dr. Dan Dickerson (Inupiaq), researcher at UCLA and practitioner at UAII in Los Angeles. Jennifer’s research is applying emerging neuroscience with application of biomedical, Electroencephalography (EEG) technology (electrophysiological monitoring method to record electrical activity of the brain), in comparison with neuropsychological assessment with Native American Women, while creating a health assessment experience receiving care from an informed culturally appropriate practitioner.