The core mission of the College Board is to get more kids from more backgrounds into college.
Equal opportunity and fair access are the guiding principles of our work and our hiring.
A More Diverse Future–for Students, and for Us
To achieve our mission of serving all students, we need an incredible range of experiences and perspectives on our team. We need talented, diverse leaders. We need a welcoming, open-minded culture.
Those goals drive decision making at the highest levels of the College Board, and leaders are held accountable for constant improvement and measurable results by the Steering Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, which reports directly to Elissa Kim, SVP of Global Strategy and Talent.
Our key objectives:
- Effective and transparent processes that make it easier for each of us to do our best work every day. There can be no progress without clarity and transparency.
- Recruiting and selection practices that increase diversity. We're making the interview processes (rubrics, training, etc.) more structured, standardized, and evidence based so we recruit broadly and hire better.
- An inclusive culture developed from the top down, and from the bottom up. Enlightened leaders and policies are vital, but so is close attention to the small, daily interactions that make people feel welcome.
Building a diverse, welcoming organization isn’t a one-time project. It has to be a permanent and vital part of our culture. We will constantly learn, grow, make mistakes, revise, and refine. The best and most important thing we can do is show, every day, a willingness to extend grace to all our colleagues.”
—Elissa Kim, SVP of Global Strategy and Talent and Executive Lead of the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee
Affinity Groups: All Are Welcome
Our affinity groups are made up of staff who volunteer to lead efforts that strengthen the standing of traditionally underrepresented groups in the workplace. This work is fully encouraged and supported by College Board leadership.
The groups promote cultural diversity and awareness, provide personal and professional development opportunities, and sustain our mission to support excellence and equity in education.
All College Board staff are welcome to join any or all affinity groups.
DIASPORA: Alliance for Pan-African Success and Achievement
DIASPORA focuses on supporting Pan-African cultural diversity at the College Board. Members advocate for recruitment activities that reach the Pan-African community and organize networking opportunities and activities that highlight the achievements of Pan Africans.
Recent DIASPORA-sponsored actions include:
- Leading a number of College Board conversations in response to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and the racial injustices these and other tragedies represent. The College Board has committed to listening to, learning from, and supporting our employees and the students we serve. Read our statement.
- Talks by prominent Black professionals in higher education, including Dr. Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University and Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough
- Volunteer opportunities at local high schools
- Screening and discussion of Suppressed: The Fight to Vote
PRIDE focuses on the LGBTQIA+ community, both at the College Board and among the students we serve. PRIDE empowers its members to bring their authentic selves to work each day and works to deepen College Board understanding of the challenges many LGBTQIA+ students face as they aspire to earn a college degree.
Recent PRIDE-sponsored events include:
- A panel featuring staff members reflecting on their experiences as an LGBTQIA+ person in the workplace
- A panel featuring students who are part of LGBTQIA+ affinity groups at their high schools
- Volunteer efforts to support organizations that work with homeless LGBTQIA+ youth and adults
Staff Alliance for Latinx Success and Achievement (SALSA)
SALSA strengthens the Latinx community at College Board by celebrating Latinx culture, bringing awareness of Latinx issues to the organization, and advocating for employee and student success.
Recent SALSA-sponsored events include:
- A talk by UCLA’s Barbara Fuchs on her work interpreting Elizabethan-era Spanish and Latin American plays
- A presentation of research findings on the college-going trends of Latinx students
- Book discussion: What is la Hispanidad?: A Conversation, a transcribed conversation between Ilan Stavans and Iván Jaksić, two noted professors of Latinx culture
Women’s Impact Network (WIN)
WIN’s mission is to support and empower all women at the College Board. The group works to strengthen women’s leadership skills and increase networking opportunities within the organization. A subgroup, WIN Mamas, focuses on the specific needs and concerns of mothers in the workplace.
Recent WIN-sponsored events include:
- A seminar with SHARE, a national nonprofit that supports, educates, and empowers women affected by breast or ovarian cancer
- “Charting Your Course: A Financial Guide for Women” webinar
- Screening and discussion of We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World
Emerging Affinity Groups
RESILIENCE is a network of College Board staff who will organize opportunities for networking, recruitment, and professional development, promote cultural diversity awareness, and identify additional ways Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian staff and advocates can strengthen the College Board mission.
ARISE: The Alliance for Asian Retention, Inclusion, Success, and Engagement is dedicated to strengthening a sense of community among and promoting a more inclusive work environment for, and improving recruitment, development, and retention of, Asians at College Board.