The 2023 ILEA Summit took place on Friday, Nov. 3, at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill. This year’s theme was Transformation is a Conscious Choice, and the event was an opportunity for higher education equity advocates to network, learn about the equity work ILEA institutions are completing, hear updates from PCC, and gain insights from students on how to better support their educational journey.

📸 Take a look at the moments captured at this year’s event.

PCC and ILEA Summit attendees welcomed Pascale Charlot as the keynote speaker at the 2023 ILEA Summit. Charlot is the Managing Director of the College Excellence Program (CEP) for the Aspen Institute.

An alumna of Aspen’s year-long Rising President Fellowship, Charlot plays a lead role in crafting and overseeing CEP’s strategy to develop a network of transformational college presidents who share a relentless commitment to advancing excellence and equity in student outcomes.

Read the complete recap of this year’s ILEA Summit here!

What Is The Illinois Equity In Attainment Initiative (ILEA)?

In October 2018, the Partnership launched the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative (ILEA), our signature effort to galvanize direct and urgent action with a group of two-year and four-year, public and private non-profit colleges and universities across the state. These 25 institutions publicly commit to the PCC’s goal to eliminate racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps by 2025 and aggressively prioritize increasing completion rates on their campuses.