Equity Commitment

NCAN's Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Since NCAN's formation, the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion have been the cornerstone of our work to increase postsecondary attainment. NCAN is committed to ensuring diversity in our membership, staff, board of directors, and partners. Furthermore, we advance equity by providing resources to our members to identify and support students in their communities who face the greatest challenges in completing higher education. NCAN also speaks out at the national level about policies that will benefit these students, who are overwhelmingly of color, low-income, or from immigrant families.

At NCAN's September 2012 national conference, the NCAN board and staff adopted the following resolution:

"NCAN will take action at the national level to increase equity for students in entering and completing postsecondary education. With ongoing support and input from our members and partners, we will strive for relevant, identifiable, change-oriented, and normative actions that embrace the values of equity and diversity and, more importantly, realize them in our day-to-day operations. The NCAN board and staff is pledged to aligning these core values with expectations of ourselves and to modeling these expectations for our members and partners as well."

NCAN thanks Dr. Nanette Reynolds for her assistance in exploring issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity in the field of college access and success.