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I am Chicoya Gallman.

I am a first-generation college graduate and attorney raised by a single mother. I received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Tennessee and a Juris Doctor from Belmont University College of Law.

 

When applying to both UT and Belmont, I struggled with completing applications and had to fight to find helpful information about the application process. Being a first-generation college graduate, my family could not provide much assistance, nor did they have access to resources my classmates and counterparts found to be easily accessible. Many of my classmates' parents were college graduates and professionals who could review personal statements and other essay requirements, increasing the probability of their admission. I made it my mission to help students who lack resources and support so that no other student would face the disadvantages I experienced as a student applying to college and graduate school. Through The Potter’s House, I am dedicated to leveling the playing field for students and professionals who, like me, can obtain their dreams equipped with the proper tools and resources.

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"Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message."

Jeremiah 18:2

 

With over five years of hiring experience and ten years of guiding students into fulfilling their purposes and dreams, I am confident that I will provide you with the resources needed to help achieve your goals -- one statement of purpose, CV, resume or collegiate admission application at a time.

 

Education

 

Bacherlor of Arts, English

University of Tennessee

Juris Doctor

Belmont University College of Law

Experience

5 years of experiences as hiring manager/coordinator.
Over 10 years of mentoring experience with students.

 

Rocky Top Optimist

Charter President (2010)

Organization geared towards the advancement of inner-city youth in Knoxville.

Big Brother Big Sister

Mentor (2009-2013)

Knoxville, Tennessee

TN Achieves Mentor

2015-2017

Provides high schools seniors with the resources needed as they apply and transition to college.

Student Empowerment Partnership Program (StEP)

Founding Board Member & Partner

Empowers high school students in Nashville through partnerships with community leaders and influencers.

The Bridge Builders Esq. Nation Bridge Builders Mentoring Program

Inaugural Mentor

A national program dedicated to providing mentorship, resources and assistance to aspiring Black lawyers.