Inclusion, Access, and Success...
The Inclusion, Access and Success Committee seeks to advance the association's commitment to inclusion for under-served students and the educational professionals who guide them.
The purpose of the committee is to facilitate understanding of issues of inhibited inclusion, the lack of access, and barriers to success for students making their way through the education system, and to create change within the existing systems of higher education that exclude underrepresented students from opportunities. By educating ourselves and our colleagues about critical issues facing students and sharing the best practices in which to develop students for college success, we will change the formula that inhibits their access to higher education. We will lead initiatives to change the processes that promote marginalization of students in their path to college. With the dedication and the participation of our peers, we hope that the outcomes of these efforts will lead to more diverse college campuses, a state with a higher rate of college graduation, and from these outcomes we all will see exponential benefits.
WHAT WE DO:
● Offer sessions at the IACAC annual conference on IAS related topics
● Support conference committee and executive board in continuing the conversation on cultural competencies
● Coordinating process to select the Leticia Campodonico award recipient
● Coordinate programming to support under-served students in the transition to and through post-secondary options
Committee Structure (Sub-committees)
● Community Outreach
The goal of this conference is to start the overwhelming conversation regarding homeless youth in Indiana and their steps taken to get them from high school to college and the barriers they face. The intended takeaway is to develop a toolkit for high school, colleges/universities, and community based organizations to assist with best practices and policies to help this population succeed.
Sessions include the following:
● Definitions and Rights
● Barriers to Access and College Success
● General Resources/Point of Contact
● Homeless student panel
WHO ARE WE?
Karen Bush, College Board
Nichelle Whitney, Indiana University
Jane Stormer, Hanover College
Ja’Niah Downing, Purdue University
Abi Perdue Moore, Ball State University
Jasmine Rodriguez, Franklin College
Curtis Ferguson, DePauw University
Khala Granville, Indiana University Bloomington
Alyssa Luna, IUPUI
Jasmine Thomas, Beech Grove High School
Whitney Ramsay, Butler University
Beth Newman, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
Cherlisa Richardson, Lawrence Central High School
Caitlin Ebbinghaus, Wabash College
Tiffany Powell, Vincennes University
Brandon Curry, Manchester University
Emily Robison, Butler University
Ask the Admission Office is a series of six checklists that will help you determine what to ask colleges or universities before you apply. The checklists were developed by NACAC in collaboration with its Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee.
In 2009, the Illinois ACAC Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee published its first edition of the College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students designed to provide assistance to high school counselors and other individuals who work with undocumented students. The feedback from high school counselors and college admission representatives was overwhelmingly positive.
It is their goal to include every college and university within the U.S. that welcomes undocumented students on their campus. Through outreach and greater access to accurate information, we can ensure that college is possible for all who want to attend.
Special Interest Groups
NACAC Special Interest Groups (SIGs) nurture the growing diversity in our association by providing "micro" communities within which members can network and add value to their NACAC membership experience. These smaller subsets of members are formed for the purpose of knowledge sharing and discussion among members with similar interests whether they are the specific subjects, issues or type of institution or students they serve.