meet makeda



Dr. Makeda

Hey there, student.

You are in the right place if you're:


  • Considering going back to school, and have no clue on where to start

  • Beginning your first semester of college courses, and are worried about managing both coursework and life/family priorities

  • Currently enrolled in courses, and need an accountability partner

  • Struggling to stay motivated to complete coursework

  • Feeling unsupported by your university/program

Why I know it works

and how it works.

In my experience as a higher education professional and student success expert, I have discovered the key to success in an educational setting, which is being surrounded by community and support from people who look like you, or from those who are trusted allies. 

In my personal experience working at a Predominately White Institution (PWI) there is a lack of people of color, or trusted allies working in the academy. I often found that students seek out higher educational professionals who

look like them because they feel a sense of comfort and safety.  I want to help fill that void of authentic support and community for students of color. 


Most graduate or doctoral students who are not fully funded full-time students are most disadvantaged in the PWI settings.  My services will provide the real support you are missing from your programs, and will help give you the confidence you need  to successfully conquer your educational journey.  

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Let's talk more about my credentials.

Makeda Turner, PhD.


Professional. Intentional. Relatable. Authentic.

Eastern Michigan University – Ypsilanti, MI

  • Doctor of Philosophy:  Educational Leadership 

  • Dissertation: “The Essence of a College Summer Bridge

  • Program: Voices of Students Who Completed College”

  • Education Specialist of Arts Degree: Educational Leadership

  • Master of Arts: Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Student Affairs

  • Bachelor of Business Administration: Marketing


Professional Coaching Credentials/Memberships:

  • Coach Training EDU - Certified Academic Life Coach

  • International Coach Federation (ICF), Member

  • International Coach Federation (ICF) - Michigan Chapter, Member


I've close to 20 years of experience to help. 

I am a higher education professional that has close to 20 years of working with high performing students on the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level. 


I specialize in supporting working professionals master juggling both work and graduate level courses. 


My down-to-earth, easy going personality provides clients a trust-worthy safe space to talk about the stressors of academia, and discover safe-care methods to fit your personal and academic needs.


My relationship with Dr. Turner is dynamic. I met her as my advisor in my first semester of undergraduate study at the University of Michigan, and she has been a tremendous source of support as I navigate college but also in my development as a young adult. The space she holds for us to have conversation is inviting, as she is careful to listen and asks permission to offer advice and expertise when you are ready to receive it.


Her wise words are honest, real, and encouraged me to see internal and external obstacles as opportunities. Our work together has shifted my perspective in ways that have transformed my life and elevated my level of self-awareness, which is key to living a joy-filled, fruitful life. Without Dr. Makeda Turner, I truly believe that I would not feel as well-equipped to navigate life as I approach graduating from college.

A. Hayes

current college senior

Ready to get started?


7436 Oakland Ave. Detroit, MI 48211

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