The Higher Education Consultants Association

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Institute



DEI Registrants can access the recordings and document archive HERE.

In alignment with the mission of the Higher Education Consultants Association, The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is charged with providing members with knowledge, research, and tools needed to support HECA's belief that all students should have an equal opportunity to succeed.

To that end, HECA is pleased to announce a new offering, centered around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The DEI Institute offers participants vocabulary, information, insights, and guidance to expand their understanding as well as strategies for structuring their professional practices in more equitable ways. IECs will have the opportunity to engage in learning, thinking, and discussion about their roles in combating systemic racism and providing skillful counseling for students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Below are the dates and topics of each session. Participants who complete the institute will earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) for membership renewal and be acknowledged at the Annual HECA Conference for their continued work toward equity and access.

Please mark these dates on your calendar and use the register button below to sign up!

"Try Harder" private screening. January 26, 2022. 12 PM – 3 PM ET

Debbie LumSophia WuIan Wang, Julie Xie, Ph.D

Brenda Gerhardt, DEI committee member and Lena Brooks

At Lowell High School, a prestigious public high school with a majority Asian American student population, fiercely competitive seniors share the dreams, and the stresses, of getting into a top university. The director of the film, Debbie Lum, will join us!

Advising Rural and Small Town Students. February 23, 2022. 12 PM – 2 PM ET

Nola Healy Lynch, DEI committee member; Peggy Jenkins, Palouse Pathways and co-founder of NACAC Rural and Small Town Special Interest Group; and Lorenzo Gamboa, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach, Santa Clara University Office of Undergraduate Admission

Students from rural areas and small towns arrive on campus with unique strengths and needs. Learn more about this traditionally underrepresented population, how we as advisers can support them, and what steps colleges are taking to include them. Contribute your own stories through interactive breakouts.

Colleges making an impact on students. March 23, 2022. 12 PM – 2 PM ET

Jerry Daniels, DEI committee member and Secily Wilson, Best Selling Author, Award Winning Broadcaster, Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist

Almost all colleges and universities claim to be committed to supporting students from diverse backgrounds. How can we identify colleges that are truly making an impact for students on campus in the diversity, equity, and inclusion spaces, and what can we learn from them?

Student perspectives and experiences. April 27,2022. 12 PM – 2 PM ET

Lynne Mooney Teta, HECA DEI Committee

In response to member feedback on the fall survey, we are convening a group of students to share their varied experiences at colleges across the country. What do they want us to know as we work with the next classes of students? How can their experiences inform our work in supporting students of all backgrounds?

Accessibility for all students. May 25, 2022. 12 PM – 2 PM ET 

Alexander Morris-Wood, Dean of Admissions, Transition Programs, & Strategic Outreach, Beacon College

Annie Tulkin, Author, Speaker and Founder & Director, Accessible College

The complexity of student learning profiles is growing, as is their identification. Join us for a session where we will learn more about how to guide our neurodiverse students to colleges with appropriate support programs and services. 

How to advise LGBTQIA+ students. July 6, 2022. 12 PM – 2 PM ET

Scott S. Garbini (He, Him, His), Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for HECA

Students who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community present a range of opportunities for authentic campus diversity and equity initiatives. We will expand our understanding of the diversity of students in this community, and how to support them through the college search process.

We hope you will join us for these opportunities for professional development to

make your practice more equitable and accessible for all students!

Fee for entire DEI Institute:

HECA members - $150

Non-profit representatives - $199

Non-members - $249


For questions on The DEI Institute, please contact Scott S. Garbini at equity-access@hecaonline.org

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