The National Student Clearinghouse® conceived of DEI Data Lab as a collaborative initiative, which is not possible without partners. Solving diversity, equity, and inclusion challenges for the nation’s colleges and universities is best achieved through inclusive inputs, shared knowledge, and mutually reinforcing efforts. We thank everyone who participates, and we look forward to seeing our partnerships grow.

DEI Data Lab Advisory Council 

The Clearinghouse created the council to: 

  • Steer the DEI Data Lab website content strategy. 
  • Determine guidelines for future content submission. 
  • Identify case studies that showcase successful interventions and initiatives. 
  • Review and approve content. 
  • Promote the site among the education and workforce communities. 
  • Solicit and provide community feedback.

Advisory Council Members 

Charles Ansell

Vice President for Research, Policy, and Advocacy — Complete College America

Mr. Ansell is geared towards achieving progress in higher education. As the vice president for research, policy, and advocacy for Complete College America, Mr. Ansell uses research to advocate for legislation and resources that help students graduate college and works to close socioeconomic, racial or generational disparities that exist in college completion.

Lizzy Boney 

Senior Director, Communications and Equity Strategy — Whiteboard Advisors 

Ms. Boney leads a firmwide Equity, Justice and Belonging initiative, and she holds a deep passion for supporting innovative senior leaders who are focused on being a part of the solution to eradicate systemic injustices. In her role at Whiteboard, she supports Fortune 100 company C-suite executives in their social impact work, and she has led communications efforts for national nonprofit organizations across the education and workforce development sectors. 

Michael Collins

Vice President — Jobs for the Future

Mr. Collin’s considers it his life’s mission “to ensure that people have the opportunity to develop the skills and earn the credentials they need to lead self-directed lives.” At JFF, a national nonprofit, he is leading its initiative to directly address how postsecondary education and training systems can expand career opportunity pathways for populations that have historically faced systemic barriers to economic advancement.

Kim Cook 

Chief Executive OfficerNational College Attainment Network 

As a former Pell Grant recipient, Ms. Cook understands the imperative to help more Americans get a postsecondary credential, especially those who have been historically underserved by higher education. At NCAN, she sets the vision for supporting over 500 member organizations nationwide in their mission to close the equity gap in postsecondary attainment through member capacity building, policy and advocacy, and systemic change. 

Daniel Domenech

Executive Director — AASA, The School Superintendents Association

With over 36 years of public education experience, Dr. Domenech maintains an extensive record of service. As the executive director for AASA since July 2008, Dr. Domenech is a staunch advocate for student equity and success. In addition to his position at AASA, Dr. Domenech currently serves on the boards of the Learning First Alliance, National Student Clearinghouse, Center for Naval Analyses, Horace Mann Educators Corporation, ACT, USAC, and as the board chair for Communities in Schools of Virginia.

Emma Fisher 

Senior Program Manager — Cognizant Foundation 

Ms. Fisher is passionate about maximizing human talent. At the Cognizant Foundation — the global philanthropic arm of Cognizant, a Fortune 200 technology company — she leads its U.S.-based giving strategy, implementation, and evaluation. To date, the foundation has awarded approximately $65 million to support more than 70 organizations working to inspire, educate, and prepare people of all ages to succeed in the workforce, particularly the technology sector.  

Laurie Fladd

Director, Holistic Student Supports — Achieving the Dream

Dr. Fladd is a relentless student advocate. As the director of holistic student supports at Achieving the Dream, Dr. Fladd is responsible for the strategic leadership and implementation of ATD’s services related to holistic student supports, advising redesign, and transformative institutional change. Through this role, Dr. Fladd also assists colleges in improving student experience through the intentional development of scalable comprehensive support services.

Consuelo Grier

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion — Bellevue College

Dr. Grier is an experienced higher education professional with a demonstrated history of advancing access and opportunity for underrepresented and historically excluded populations. Skilled in a range of fields from change management to community organizing, Dr. Grier serves as the vice president of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Bellevue College.

Amanda Taylor

Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion — American University

Dr. Taylor is an award winning professor and student mentor with a passion for teaching and researching the intersection of culture, power, and education in domestic and international contexts. Dr. Taylor’s research on antiracist education and transnational and multicultural community organizing for educational justice has been published in several top peer-reviewed journals and presses. As the assistant vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at American University, Dr. Taylor works to collaboratively implement the university’s plan for inclusive excellence.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to the Cognizant Foundation for funding and believing in the Clearinghouse’s DEI Data Lab vision.