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.



  • Offer sessions at the INACAC 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.


●     Resource

●     Programming

●     Transitions Conference


December 14-16, 2020

This year has been filled with a myriad of challenges that have forced educational institutions to rethink how they can provide quality learning opportunities for all students. As we look toward the future of higher education, we find that innovation is no longer a choice; it is a necessity. Higher education must adapt and create innovative solutions that allow us to thrive through these challenges and better serve students.

As a way to increase members’ learning opportunities, IAS partnered with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Student Advocate Conference and hosted 30-minute Transitions Talks offer a space for networking, reflecting, and strategic partnerships. IAS also selected sessions to sponsor at the conference that promote inclusion, increase access to higher education, and center student success.


Committee Chairs

  • Nichelle Whitney, Indiana University

Committee Members

  • Ja’Niah Downing, Purdue University
  • Taylor Dooley, IUPUI
  • Nyree Modiesette, Marian University
  • Alyssa Luna, IUPUI
  • Lauren Jay, DePauw University
  • Beth Newman, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
  • Cherlisa Richardson, Lawrence Central High School
  • Brandon Curry, Manchester University
  • Emily Robison, Butler University
  • Emily Herbst, Purdue University, Northwest
  • Eric West Jr., Indiana University Bloomington


Ask the Admission Office Checklists

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.

College Advising Guide for Undocumented Students

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.



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