About Elevate Equity 2023

Teams of leaders from colleges and universities across the United States will gather to work and learn from each other as they develop a framework to advance equity in college admission practices and policies.

One important goal of Elevate Equity 2023 is to operationalize the framework developed within the report, “Toward a More Equitable Future for Postsecondary Access.” The report sought to reimagine college admission and financial aid through an equity lens. We will address an overarching need identified in the report: higher education leaders need time dedicated to taking a broad view of efforts to improve equity and ensure alignment between institutional equity goals and admission policies and practices.

In its inaugural year, Elevate Equity 2023 is by invitation only.

Dates and location

Feb. 12-15, 2023
Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk
301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611 

Attendee registration

Invited attendees will receive an email with a link to the registration form.

Schedule overview

Sunday, February 12  

4:30-5 pm  Welcome
5 pm Reception and networking dinner 
Monday, February 13
8 – 9 am  Breakfast 
9 – 9:15 am  Sponsor message 
9:15-10am  Keynote:
Jamie Merisotis
, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation
10 – 10:45 am  Strategic Admission Topic 1
Getting on the Balcony – Ensuring mission and admission policy alignment on equity 
10:45 – 11 am  Break
11 am – Noon  Strategic Plan, Step 1
How to create and sustain conversations and clarity about alignment for equity 
Noon – 1:30 pm  Lunch
Strategy working group meetings 
1:30 – 2:30 pm  Strategic Admission Topic 2 
Admission office staff as the face of the institution  
2:30 – 2:45 pm  Break
2:45 – 3:30 pm  Strategic Plan, Step 2 
How to develop and cultivate a diverse, inclusive admission office 
3:30 – 4:30 pm  Strategy working group meetings 
Tuesday, February 14
8:30 – 9 am  Breakfast 
9 – 9:15 am  Sponsor message 
9:15-10am  Strategic Admission Topic 3
Rethinking selectivity 
10 – 10:15 am  Break 
10:15 – 11 am  Strategic Admission Topic 4
Assessing institutional requirements for admission 
11 – 11:45 am Strategic Plan, Step 3
How to develop a plan for continual examination of admission requirements 
11:45 am – 1:30 pm  Lunch
Strategy working group meetings 
1:30 – 2:30 pm  Strategic Admission Topic 5 
College and financial aid application 
2:30 – 2:45 pm  Break
2:45 – 3:30 pm  Strategic Plan, Step 4
How to think differently about the process of matching students with your institution 
3:30 – 4:30 pm  Strategy working group meetings 
Wednesday, February 15
8:30 – 9:30 am  Breakfast 
9:30 – 9:45 am  Sponsor message 
9:45 – 10:45 am  Closing
Implementing your admission and enrollment equity plan 

Travel and logistics

Arrival: The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. Registration opens at noon.

Departure: The program will conclude by 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Meals: The welcome reception on Feb. 12 will be followed by a networking dinner. Breakfast and lunch will be provided Feb. 13-14. Breakfast will be provided on Feb. 15.

Travel funds: Flights and travel-related expenses will be reimbursed up to $650 per attendee.

Hotel: A reservation will be made by NACAC once an attendee submits their registration. Hotel reservation confirmations will be sent directly to attendees. Hotel accommodations are available at no charge to attendees.

Participating institutions

(not a final list)

  • Augsburg University
  • Austin College
  • Caltech
  • Colorado State University
  • Davidson University
  • Georgetown College
  • Georgia Tech
  • Gettysburg College
  • Elmhurst University
  • Knox College
  • Mitchell College
  • Ohio University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Susquehanna University
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of St. Francis
  • Warner Pacific University
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Westminster College-Utah
  • Whitman College


Please contact Cameron Hair, senior research and grants associate, at chair@nacacnet.org.