‘1 in 5’ Season 2 Episode 8: Meet Nicole Alkire Grady

Nicole Alkire Grady | April 4, 2023 | Aspen Postsecondary Success for Parents

Nicole Alkire Grady always excelled in athletics and academics at Standing Rock High School in North Dakota. But being a survivor of childhood sexual abuse meant Nicole turned to dating, and eventually alcohol, to cope with the trauma. In high school, she became a mother and worked hard to graduate – leaning on the support of her family and especially her mother. Nicole was determined to go to college, and she tried several options to find a place with the right support for her growing family. She eventually found help for her substance abuse and
reconnected with her Lakota values. Today, Nicole is pursuing a legal career.

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NOTE: This episode contains references to childhood sexual abuse and substance abuse. Anyone affected by sexual assault, whether it happened to you or someone you care about, can find support on the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.

You can read the episode transcript here.

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SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

American Indian College Fund supports Tribal Colleges and Universities in their efforts to strengthen education, Native communities, the environment, health and wellness, language and culture, emergent leadership, and infrastructure.

Ascend at the Aspen Institute’s Black and Native Family Futures Fund is a new capacity-building fund that will provide financial support and expert technical assistance to selected Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) campuses that are committed to improving the success of their student parents.

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