Inclusion and Engagement Committee

diversity committee 2016

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising values and promotes inclusive practices within the association and the advising profession.  NACADA provides opportunities for professional development, networking, and leadership for our diverse membership and fosters involvement and engagement across identity groups, geographic regions, and professional levels.  NACADA promotes the principle of equity and respects the diversity of advising professionals across the vast array of intersections of identity, which includes but is not limited to age cohort, institutional type, employment role, location, nationality, socioeconomic status, faith, religion, ethnicity, ability/disability, gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation.

Involvement in the association is viewed broadly, including participation and/or leadership at many levels (within the division units, at the division level, at the Council level, at the Board of Directors level, and with the various work groups, ad hoc committees, and task forces), serving with the Consultant and Speaker Service, writing for a NACADA publication (such as the Journal, Academic Advising Today, and the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources), or presenting at state, allied member, regional, annual, or international conferences.

The role of the Inclusion and Engagement Committee (formerly known as the Diversity Committee) is to make recommendations regarding inclusion and engagement issues within the Association. The committee reviews the status of inclusion and engagement within the organization, recommends methods for enhancing practices, and advises on how the association can better meet the needs of its diverse membership

Committee members serve a two-year term and meet yearly at the NACADA annual conference.  Hear from three committee members HERE.  Those interested in becoming a member should contact the committee Chair.

Executive Office Liaison: Leigh Cunningham

  • Inclusion matters to me because I care about social justice.Sarah E. Stevens, University of Southern Indiana
  • When I was presented the opportunity to be a part of the Inclusion and Engagement Committee, I was excited about the opportunity to become more involved, especially as it related to helping the organization.Heather Doyle, Dalhousie University
  • Having a diverse NACADA means having a strong NACADA. We need people of all races, genders, religions, geographic areas, sexualities, types of institutions, and backgrounds!Sarah E. Stevens, University of Southern Indiana
  • My time on the Inclusion and Engagement Committee has been so fulfilling…both understanding all the different lenses of the membership, as well as helping to come up with ideas and opportunities for diversification. It has been a rewarding experience, and a great Committee to be part of!Heather Doyle, Dalhousie University
  • I like being a part of NACADA because I get to network with all types of colleagues from all over world!Sarah E. Stevens, University of Southern Indiana
  • Out of many Advisors, we are one NACADA!Locksley A. Knibbs, Florida Gulf Coast University
  • I support the work of the Inclusion and Engagement Committee because it’s our differences that make NACADA such an interesting, fun, strong, and vibrant community.Mehvash Ali, American University of Sharjah
  • The NACADA Inclusion and Engagement Committee allows us to improve the art of thinking independently together.Abbie Windsor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. This committee strives to continue that unity.Abbie Windsor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • The beauty of NACADA lies in its membership…diverse people with vast knowledge and different perspectives.Monica Jones, University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
  • I am involved with the NACADA Inclusion and Engagement committee because I know our organization is only as strong as it is inclusive of all our members. I want every NACADA member to let their voice be heard.Carol Pollard, University of North Texas
  • As a Canadian member of NACADA, I appreciate the work that the organization is doing to ensure that the leadership is reflective of the membership, and that all voices have a chance to be heard.Heather Doyle, Dalhousie University

Current Committee Chair

Carol Pollard, Chair

Carol Pollard,
University of North Texas  



Committee Members

Carol Pollard, Chair (2015-2017) University of North Texas (2012-2018) 
Michelle Smith Ware, Incoming Chair (2017-2019) University of Notre Dame (2013-2019)
Heather Doyle, Emerging Leader Program Advisory Board Chair, Dalhousie University (2016-2018)
Angelica Barrera, Membership Committee Liaison, University of Texas at San Antonio (2016-2018)
Henrietta Genfi, Bentley University (2013-2017)
Craig McGill, Florida International University (2015-2017)
Mandy Stephens, Carroll University (2015-2017)
Abbie Windsor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2013-2017)
JP Villavicencio, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (2016-2018)
Jermain Pipkins, Los Angeles Valley College (2016-2018)
Jonelle Golding, Michigan State University (2016-2018)
Joshua Adams, Texas Woman's University (2016-2018)
Lisa Laughter, Washington State University (2016-2018)
Mark Nelson, Oklahoma State University (2015-2019)
Sarah Stevens, University of Southern Indiana (2015-2019)
Mehvash Ali, American University of Sharjah (2017-2019)
Monica Jones, University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College (2017-2019)
Locksley Knibbs, Florida Gulf Coast University (2017-2019)
Wendy Schindler, Gateway Community & Technical College (2017-2019)
Leigh Cunningham, NACADA Executive Office Liaison