Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA)


The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA), a pre-conference workshop run in conjunction with the WACAC Annual Conference, is designed to provide strategies and resources to those who work with students from underrepresented populations. All innovative and energetic high school, college enrollment management, admission, outreach, and recruitment professionals are welcome to attend this exciting event where dialogue, collaboration, and cross-cultural awareness is abound.


We had a unique opportunity to have an interactive experience called Factuality. Factuality the Game is a 90 minute game focusing on structural inequality in America. The game engages participants in a discussion that explores the areas of racial, ethnic, gender, faith, and sexual orientation discrimination, privilege, gender and racial pay gaps, redlining and gentrification, median income averages by race and gender, (mental) health disparities, prison and bail disparities, education inequity, and intersectionality. The game was created by Natalie Gillard and has been facilitated across many universities, high schools, and organizations.



The 2018 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Institute took place on May 31, 2018 and the theme was Hold Fast to Dreams. Inspired by the Langston Hughes poem “Dreams” and the book of the same title about how a private school counselor went to work for a low-income Brooklyn school. The focus around dreams of higher education that are not yet a reality. The Institute featured keynote speaker Alejandro Delgadillo, Associate Director for Educational Equity and Access at UC Merced and training of how to be an undocually by Estefania Hermosillo from Immigrants Rising (formerly Educators for Fair Consideration-E4FC). All participants were invited to share their dreams and were grouped into cohorts.

IDEA 2018 sessions:

2017 IDEA Conference

The 2017 Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Institute took place on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 and featured keynote speaker Jorge Aguilar, Associate Superintendent for Equity and Access in the Fresno Unified School District.

IDEA 2017 sessions:

2016 IDEA Institute

The 2016 IDEA Institute, Supporting Transgender Students through the College Admission Process, took place on June 1, 2016 at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif. in conjunction with the 2016 WACAC Annual Conference.

Our goal was to provide presentations that focus on providing background information, resources and support to help transition high school students be successful in their college application process and their transition to college campuses. Session topics included:

  • What’s the “T”? Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Students in the Admission Process
  • Roadbumps on the Path to College: Putting into Context Inconsistent Academic Records and Disciplinary Problems Among Transgender Youth
  • Supporting Students Questioning Their Identities
  • College Resources Panel
  • Empowering Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students in the College Admissions Process