When the organization’s first staff— then, its founding executive director Dr. Kyle Westbrook and its managing director, Lisa Castillo Richmond, traveled the state to meet with higher education...read more
Partnering with colleges and universities leading campus-based equity-driven strategies.
The Partnership for College Completion’s College and University Partnerships (CUP) team provides support to Illinois colleges and universities that are working to eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities in degree completion on their campuses. Supports include: coaching and individual support, virtual and in-person conferences, webinars and workshops, equity academies for campus leaders, and supporting institutions in developing and implementing campus-based equity plans.
Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative
The Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative (ILEA) is PCC signature effort to spark institutional work eliminating college completion disparities along racial and socioeconomic lines at public and private nonprofit 2- and 4-year colleges and universities across the state.Learn more
Developmental Education Reform Act (DERA) Project
DERA aims to address inequities in degree completion by race and income status via the reformation of developmental education placement and delivery at Illinois higher education institutions.Read More
Past Partnership Initiatives
Past key partnerships and programming have led to the release of recommendations for best practices and the creation of communities of practice.Learn more
Our Resource Library of PCC tools for equity are tailored for our partners and others in this space. The resources available include webinar recordings, event recordings, PowerPoint presentations, and related articles.Learn more
Meet the College and University Partnerships Team
Julian Williams, Ph.D.
Senior Partnerships Manager
Before coming to the Partnership, Julian served as Chief Executive Officer of Institution Builders, Inc., an independent consulting firm. Julian has conducted program evaluation and applied research projects within higher education, local city government, and the non-profit sector. Julian holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Equity Program Manager
Paula joins the Partnership after having worked at a community college for four years implementing a one-stop student service center. Additionally, she brings over 30 years of experience in higher education with an extensive background in strategic, operational planning, enrollment management, academic advising and transfer student services. Paula earned a BA in English and MA in Counseling from Bradley University.
Equity Program Manager
Prior to joining the Partnership, Joe was the Director of Loyola University Chicago’s department of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. He has over ten years of experience engaged in college access, residence life, and student retention. Joe earned his BS in Marketing at Georgetown University and a MEd in Student Affairs from the University of California-Los Angeles.
Before joining PCC, Tanisha worked with City Colleges of Chicago in Admissions Advising as well as serving as a Senior Early College Coordinator. Her experience in student affairs began at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign while earning her BA in Sociology. Tanisha has a passion for working with college students. She earned her M.Ed in Counseling with a specialization in College Student Development from DePaul University.
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