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Meet Mikaela Crank

Mikaela Crank
Director Scholars Program
College Horizons (NM)

What drew you to the admission field and College Horizons?
My previous hat before coming to College Horizons was with undergraduate admission at Stanford University (CA). I had the privilege to work with the diversity team and host College Horizons at Stanford in 2015. As an alumna of College Horizons and Graduate Horizons, I always knew that I would love to work on the other side of the desk. The opportunity came and I have been with College Horizons for the last two years as the director of our new college retention Scholars Program. It is very rewarding to be in the position to work for an organization that helped shape my educational pathway.

What is your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of working for College Horizons is our amazing Native students. Every summer we get to meet a new cohort. I am inspired by the multi-faceted stories and lives of our students.

How has NACAC played a role in your career?
NACAC has provided great professional development opportunities for my organization to convene with our partner colleges, secondary counselor faculty, and other college access community-based organizations. I attended my first NACAC conference in Salt Lake City and presented on the Scholars Program alongside my colleagues Adrienne Keene and Malia Simon. It was important to share our findings and experience with NACAC attendees.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing our profession today?
The biggest challenge in our profession today is understanding the nuances and impact of colonialism in our educational systems. The more awareness we have around white settler colonialism will reveal the repercussions educators and students still face today. 

When you aren’t working, what do you like to do?
I enjoy being outside, whether that is walking or running along the Rio Grande bosque or hiking the New Mexico mountain trails.

Describe yourself in five words.
Persistent. Patient. Courageous. Balanced. Resilient. 

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