Antiracist Education Institute


Antiracist Education Institute

A New, Four-Part, Professional Development Series from NACAC

Expand your antiracist and diversity, equity, and inclusion knowledge with this new, four-part series from NACAC, created specifically for counseling and admission professionals. You'll learn how to implement appropriate practices and strategies within your office and in your work with students to eliminate bias when advising or considering students for college admission.

Upcoming Sessions 

Session 4: 

From Surviving to Thriving: Addressing Environmental Harm for Students of Color

Wednesday, June 9, 2021  |  11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Registration is closed.

The month of May signals the enrollment of entering high school seniors into colleges and universities. After they've been admitted and packaged, how can we ensure that students will feel welcomed and valued on our campuses? We invite college admission counseling professionals from all sides of the table to discuss: 

  • Preparing high school seniors for the cultural and community challenges of college life. 
  • Helping admission and financial aid professionals appreciate the hidden costs of attendance for first-year students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. 
  • Bringing our profession together to create equitable and sustainable solutions that address and interrupt environmental harm for historically underrepresented students. 


About the series
The Antiracist Education Institute was developed to respond to evidence of implicit bias in multiple phases of the college advising/school counseling, recruitment, and admission process; under-representation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) professionals in the admission profession; and pervasive systemic racism at the individual level in all corners of society, including the college admission counseling professionals.

The lead presenter for each session is Lawrence Alexander along with ten faculty members from the Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) conference who will facilitate exercises and activities within small breakout groups. See presenters information below.

The sessions are held live via Zoom. You can choose to attend all or some of the four sessions. Four hours of continuing education credits are available per session.

Registration information
Register today! The cost per session is $200 for members and $225 for non-members. A 25 percent discount is available for offices of four or more  contact us for a promo code. Registration is limited. No refunds are available although participants may be substituted. Please note that no recordings will be available.

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Praise for the Antiracist Education Institute

“One of the most engaging virtual conferences I've attended!"

“This was fantastic and I appreciate NACAC creating a space where professionals can learn and grow in this arena."

“I found great value and benefit in attending."

“I don't normally participate much in NACAC because I am a business officer (in an admissions office), but this was extremely helpful and relevant.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the examples of structural and systemic racism present in our profession and our institutions. Some I had known about, but there were a good number I did not consider before today.”


Facilitators Information 

Lawrence Alexander

Lawrence is the lead search consultant for Carney Sandoe & Associates' Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practice. He facilitates training on best practices around implicit bias and equitable decision making. Previously he spent a decade as a college counselor in both public and independent schools. He is also the director of equity and inclusion at The White Mountain School (NH) and has established himself as an industry leader through his work with East Woods School (NY), Brown University, and the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). Lawrence also serves on the editorial board for Insight Into Diversity magazine. He received a B.S. in finance from Kean University (NJ) in 2003 and an M.A. in counseling in higher education from Montclair State University (NJ) in 2007. 

Curtis Ferguson

Curtis Ferguson II is the associate director for multicultural recruitment at the University of Southern California. He holds a M.S. in college student personnel from the University of Rhode Island, M.B.A. from Salem International University (WV), and A.B. degree in classical civilization from Oberlin College (OH). Currently, he is pursuing his Ed.D. in organizational change and leadership at the University of Southern California. He believes that through access and success in higher education, students of color and members of the dominant culture can challenge the hegemonic discourse and thus create a new society that values pluralism. 

Aleny Garcia

Aleny Garcia is the associate director of college counseling at Ransom Everglades School (FL). She has been a college counseling professional for 15 years with experience in public, charter, and parochial education. In addition to her daily work with students and families, Aleny currently serves as communications liaison for the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC), as well as a reader and interviewer for the Gates Scholarship. Aleny has also presented on barriers to college access at SACAC's annual conferences. A first generation American and college graduate, Aleny is an honors college graduate of Florida International University where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her master's degree in school counseling at Nova Southeastern University (FL).

LaShone Gibson

LaShone Gibson, MIS, is a college access, equity, and inclusion advocate, practitioner, and emerging scholar. She has centered her professional efforts and academic pursuits in addressing socio-cultural factors that impact the development of first-generation, undergraduate student populations from marginalized communities who aspire to higher education. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and international business from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, an M.A. of international studies from North Carolina State University, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Saint Louis University (MO).

Khala Granville

Khala Granville is the senior associate director of admissions, diversity recruitment, and outreach at Indiana University Bloomington. Her responsibilities include leading efforts to increase and enhance the recruitment of underrepresented populations. As a regional representative, Granville is also responsible for creating and leveraging partnerships in the Indianapolis area and oversees the award-winning diversity outreach strategic plan for IU Bloomington. Granville has extensive experience in community relations and served as the executive director for the Brightwood Community Center in Indianapolis prior to her role at Indiana University Bloomington. She received a master's of divinity from Christian Theological Seminary (IN) in 2012 and a bachelor's of science in communication from the University of Louisville (KY) in 2008.

Brandon Mack

Brandon Mack is an associate director of admission and coordinator of transfer admission at Rice University (TX). He specifically works on international recruitment in Africa, domestic recruitment strategies, and building counselor relationships. Mack is a community activist and sociologist dedicated to issues related to the intersections of race, gender, and sexual orientation. His work has been featured in a GLAAD Media Award-winning article and he has presented his work at national conferences such as the National LGBTQ Task Force: Creating Change and NBJC's Out on the Hill. Mack graduated from Rice University in 2006 with a bachelor's of arts in sociology and political science and earned a masters of education in higher education administration and supervision from the University of Houston (TX) in 2013.  He is currently a Ph.D. student in higher education leadership and policy studies at the University of Houston.

Suzi Nam

Suzi Nam earned an A.A. from the County College of Morris (NJ) and finished her undergraduate education at the College of New Jersey, earning a BA in history. She then  earned a master’s degree in the social sciences from the University of Chicago (IL). Suzi has spent the majority of her career in higher education at both state and private institutions. For 13 years, Suzi worked at Swarthmore College (PA), the last eight of which she served as director of admissions. Prior to her most current role, Suzi was the executive director of the Lenfest Scholars Foundation, which provides scholarships and advising to low-income, rural students from eastern Pennsylvania. Currently, she is the co-director of college counseling at the Baldwin School (PA). Suzi has also been the director of college counseling at George School (PA) and Germantown Friends School (PA).

Mosadi Porter

Dr. Mosadi Porter is a 23-year higher education professional who currently serves as the associate dean of admissions and outreach at Lone Star College-University Park (TX). Her responsibilities at LSC-University Park include overseeing admission, outreach, new student orientation, and the campus service centers. She has previously served in higher education at Texas A&M University, Sam Houston State University (TX), and Ohio University. Dr. Porter is also a two-time author: she co-authored Survivor Behind the Name in 2018 and Alone Not Lonely: Embracing the Power of Being Successfully Single in 2020. Dr. Porter has a B.A. in speech communication from Texas A&M University, an M.Ed. in educational administration with an emphasis in student affairs administration from Texas A&M University, and an Ed.D. in administration and supervision with emphasis in higher education from the University of Houston (TX).

Andre Richburg

Andre has worked in enrollment management since 2003. He has had roles at a number of colleges in New Jersey and one in Pennsylvania. Additionally, he has held a number of leadership positions in NJACAC and NACAC. He earned his bachelor's degree in business from William Paterson University (NJ) in 2001. In 2008, Andre earned his master's degree in education counseling from Monmouth University (NJ).

Toni Riley

Toni Riley is the director of admissions at Alaska Pacific University. Previously, Toni has worked in the admissions profession as a diversity recruitment and access coordinator and an associate director of diversity, equity and inclusion. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with a dual B.A. in history and political science, an M.A. in history with a concentration in American cultural studies and is currently completing her Ph.D. in urban studies at the University of New Orleans (LA). Her dissertation focus is on the implications of race and class on historically underrepresented neighborhoods in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Beverly Henry Wheeler

Beverly Henry Wheeler is the regional director of admission at Hendrix College, Conway (AR). She has served in this profession over three decades. She served as the state president of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) and as president of NACAC. Beverly was awarded the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling Founders’ Award, one of the highest member awards in the organization, in recognition of her devotion to students and exemplary contributions to the admission profession. She received a bachelor's of social work from the University of Texas at Austin and master's of arts in developmental and adult education from Texas State University. 

Donnell Wiggins

With over 17 years of higher education experience in admission, enrollment management, retention, and advancement, Donnell Wiggins serves as the assistant vice president for strategic enrollment management and dean of admission at the University of Dayton (OH). At UD, Donnell oversees recruitment, admission, first-year financial aid, development of strategies for operational and recruitment processes, as well as development and strategies to recruit first-year, transfer, and strategic partnerships abroad. He is also the chief architect of the University’s Flyer Promise Scholars program which serves underrepresented, underserved, and first-generation students. Donnell recently shared his passion for serving underrepresented students at Ted X Dayton. Donnell earned a B.S. in psychology at Wilberforce University (OH), an M.S. in higher education administrative services at McKendree University (IL), and is a doctoral student at the University of Dayton focusing on educational leadership.

Previous Sessions 


Session 1: 

Anti-Racism and College Admission: Our Way Forward 

We are at a critical moment in our profession where we are forced to reckon with the systemic inequities in the admission process that disenfranchise historically marginalized communities of students and their families. The goal is to make the paradigm shift from courageous conversations to inclusive and equitable cultures. 

In this session, you will learn:

  • How systemic and structural racism impacts the college admission process
  • What policies and procedures make systemic oppression possible
  • Strategies for developing a data-driven equity plan


Session 2: 

Inclusive Hiring Practices in College Admission and College Counseling

How can the college admission profession center equity and inclusion as values for our students if we don't center those values in our hiring practices? How do we reckon with a relatively insular and monolithic recruitment and hiring model and move to one that is as inclusive and equitable as we'd like our admission process to be? 

In this session you will learn:

  • How to recruit, hire, and retain a more diverse talent pool.
  • How to conduct an equitable and inclusive virtual, hybrid, or in-person process.
  • How to improve retention rates of diverse staff in your office.


Session 3: 

Understanding Cultural Identity and Microaggressive Office Environments

Wednesday, April 14, 2021  |  11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET   

As we seek to create more inclusive and inviting environments for students and colleagues from historically marginalized backgrounds, how are we assessing the health of our current office and campus culture to ensure they don't become the proverbial "canaries in the coal mine?”.

Learn more about:

  • Intersectional Identity and Appreciative Inquiry
  • Tools for interrupting microaggressive behavior
  • Practical strategies for retaining students and employees from historically underrepresented backgrounds


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5242. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NACAC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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