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Sierra Colon named one of 16 'Coalition for College' ambassadors

Published on September 21, 2021

Sierra Colon named one of 16 'Coalition for College' ambassadors

Sierra Colon
Admissions counselor Sierra Colon '17 named as a Coalition Ambassador by the Coalition for College.

Sierra Colon, an admissions counselor at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been named one of 16 admissions professionals in the inaugural Coalition Ambassador program of the Coalition for College. The ambassadors are from Coalition for College member institutions and will collaborate on nationally coordinated and regionally impactful college access work.

Coalition Ambassadors, chosen for their commitment to helping more under-served students learn about, prepare for, and apply to college, will work together throughout the coming year to identify and carry out strategies for sharing the organization’s free college-planning tools with students who are first-generation, limited-income and historically underrepresented in higher education.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this program,” said Colon. “Having access to collaborate with professionals from across the United States in such an intimate setting is a unique opportunity. Now more than ever we need to push the envelope on what access to higher education means, which includes adequately supporting students when they enroll.  I’m excited to merge quantitative and qualitative measures in these conversations and get to work on how to change college admissions and enrollment management for the better.  My experience at Eastern as an undergraduate student and now as a professional staff member has prepared me to ensure Eastern continues to evolve and be innovative in its approach to better serve all members of our community.” 

“I am very pleased to have a member of our Admissions staff as one of the first Coalition Ambassadors,” said Chris Dorsey, director of enrollment management at Eastern. “Sierra is a valued member of our team and a proud Eastern alumna. I know she will represent Eastern well as she and her fellow Coalition Ambassadors advance the causes of equity and access to higher education for first-generation and underrepresented students.”

The ambassador program builds on the coalition’s work to connect its 150+ member schools with community-based college access organizations, as well as expanding the kinds of direct outreach and support provided to students.

In addition to connecting with community-based organizations and students via in-person and virtual events, coalition ambassadors will build connections with each other, as well as leaders in the college access and enrollment management fields. The professional development component of the program is designed to provide early- and mid-career professionals who are committed to access and inclusion with the opportunity for networking and professional growth. Each ambassador has support from leadership at their home institution for participating in the program.

“Our hopes for this program are two-fold,” says Stacey Kostell, CEO of the Coalition for College. “Reaching and serving more students is our first priority, especially as under-served communities continue to disproportionately face the effects of the pandemic,” she says. “Longer term, we hope to continue to shift the field of admissions and enrollment management toward more equitable practices, and we believe that a professional development program that centers access and equity is an important part of that work.”

Eastern Connecticut State University is one of four Connecticut universities who are members of the Coalition for College, joining Yale University, Wesleyan University and the University of Connecticut.

Written by Dwight Bachman

Categories: Admissions