Inclusion, Access and Success

Chair:  Calvin Wise, Johns Hopkins University (MD)

Vice Chair: Jose Garcia, University of Richmond (VA)

Committee Members:

  • Cailin Asip, Hollins University (VA)
  • Charlain Bailey, Independent Educational Consultant (MD)
  • Natasha Blake-McDowell, CollegeBound Foundation (MD)
  • Mario Clark, CollegeBound Foundation (MD)
  • Rachel Cleaver, George Mason University (VA)
  • Patrick Colonna, St. Margaret's School (VA)
  • Renee Duckworth, St. Vincent Pallotti High School (MD)
  • Gina King, University of Maryland Baltimore County (MD)
  • Kristina Hall, Caesar Rodney High School (DE)
  • Bradley Harlan, Norfolk Academy (VA)
  • Janel Harris, Coppin State University (MD)
  • Skye Heasley, Radford University (VA)
  • Denine House, Bowie State University (MD)
  • Melisa Hypolite, College Bound Foundation (MD)
  • Shannon Jefferies, DC International School, (DC)
  • Jordan Kanarek, Collegewise (MD)
  • Willie Lee, III,  GOing2COLLEGEisEZ (VA)
  • Monyette L.F. Martin, M.Ed, James Madison University (VA)
  • Ummi ModesteCity-As-School HS (NY)
  • Mary Carter Scott, ACCESS College Foundation (VA)
  • Jeremiah Shepherd, Flint Hill School (VA)
  • Khayriy Tilghman, Kean University (Regional)
  • Anshay Tull, Baltimore Design School (MD)
  • Michael Walden, The SEED School of Maryland (MD)


Mission Statement

The Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee develops and recommends goals which promote sensitivity to human differences and guide the expansion of equal access for all students to post-secondary opportunities.

 The Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee strives to do the following:

  1. address issues regarding traditionally underrepresented student populations,
  2. ensure equal opportunity and access to education for students,
  3. provide professional development opportunities for educators who serve these students,
  4. promote the reality of the changing demographics of the U.S. and the implications for the students we all serve.

The Committee addresses the above concerns by working to increase the racial, geographical and institutional diversity of PCACAC; supporting the NACAC National College Fairs in our region; providing presentations at our Conferences and administering the Marion Flagg Scholarship program.

Ready for College?

PCACAC's Inclusion, Access and Success Committee invites you to attend its second student-focused session lead by current college students.  Join us on Thursday, August 5, 2021 from 4:00 - 45:00 pm ET for a session that targets high school seniors who are preparing to transition to college.



  • To connect current college students to incoming freshman so that they can discuss attending college during a pandemic
  • To help encourage college-going student success


  • Being a student during the pandemic
  • Getting help with classes
  • Mental Health resources available to students
  • Math and Writing Labs during virtual learning


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Questions?  Contact Melisa Hypolite, IAS Chair, at [email protected].

The IAS Committee Presents FREE Zoom Sessions:

"The 5 Ws of an HBCU"
August 12, 2020 11am - 12pm

How much do you know about HBCUs? The 5 Ws of an HBCU aims to answer the fundamental who, what, when, where and why of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This session will be presented by HBCU admissions professionals from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coppin State University, Morgan State University, Bowie State University, and the CollegeBound Foundation. 

If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Melisa M. Hypolite, Inclusion, Access and Success Chair at [email protected].

"Supporting Students Through COVID"
August 5, 2020 2pm - 3pm                                                   

This event provided high school counselors, college admission professionals and other adults who work with students with some helpful tips on supporting their students through this difficult time. Both presenters have an extensive background in working with the high school and college populations respectively. There will be time at the end of this session for Q&A. 

Joining Hands for College

Philosophy: JHC is a grass roots initiative for stretching college counseling into the community. The program flows up from each community rather than using a top down model that is administered at the Board level. The goal is for the program to succeed independently with the support and guidance of the Board but not the administration.


  • A minimum of two programs a year in the region.
  • Offer a template for the Joining Hands program that is accessible on the website for any motivated professional to develop in their community.
  • To provide the human resources, reaching out to students in need.
  • To possibly expand the program to other community groups.
  • For colleges to consider hosting a program.

Marion Flagg Scholarship

The Marion Flagg Scholarship is awarded annually to a group of exceptional education professionals who are not currently members of PCACAC and have not attended a PCACAC Conference.  These professionals are generally high school counselors, two- or four-year college admission professionals, independent counselors or persons who work in such outreach programs as “I Have a Dream” and “Upward Bound.”  The Scholarship covers both the costs of the Conference (including registration fees, hotel, meals and travel) and a year of membership in PCACAC.  The Scholarship is named in honor of Marion R. Flagg, one of the organization's most outstanding members and a tireless advocate for underrepresented students.

Student Support Grant

Do you have a student event or project that you’d like to see come to life?  We recognize that members may not always have the financial resources to implement student programming and, since 2013, have provided help through our Student Support Grant (SSG).  If you know a way to help your students in the college process, but don't have the funds to carry it out, or you know of a community program that needs funding to deliver college counseling programming, we may be able to help fund the program you have been dreaming about! Each year we accept applications for the Student Support Grantdesigned to reimburse counseling professionals in their development and implementation of programs that directly benefit students. 

Who may apply? PCACAC members may apply for a Student Support Grant for their own student program or they may wish to nominate a community member whose volunteer work nurtures college readiness.  For detailed information about the selection criteria and application process, please review the Student Support Grant (SSG) guidelines.