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NSPA Regional Meetings
  NSPA Regional Meeting - Los Angeles
   Open to Members and Nonmembers!  
  Addressing Biases & Barriers to College Success:  
Purposeful Mitigation Strategies & Programming Solutions  
  Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 12-5PM (PT) Join us via livestream for ONLY $49*   

In this collaborative learning session, participants will explore the individual bias and systemic barriers that impede college access and undermine student success. Learn how to analyze your program through an inclusive lens and create purposeful strategies to address bias and ensure success for a wider spectrum of students. This workshop will provide you with specific tools and best practice strategies to improve scholarship programming, college access, and support services for all students. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the journey of social justice, individual/interpersonal bias, and systemic barriers as they relate to supporting students to and through college.

This workshop is a must for professionals in the higher education industry including college counselors, financial aid officers, and scholarship administrators who work with students in:

  • Colleges & Universities
  • Private and Community Foundations
  • Public Charities
  • Corporate Scholarship Programs
  • Nonprofits
  • College Access and Success Programs



"Just want to send out a round of applause for this event with Farzana Nayani –she was by far the best presenter I’ve seen in the last couple of years at the NSPA Conference! What a dynamic, informative, engaging speaker, she really knows how to move her audience along with her, and the topic of diversity and inclusion couldn’t be more vital to our field."  
- Eden Shore, Pride Foundation

Download the Program Flyer here.


Live Streaming Registration
Members- $49
Nonmembers- $59

Register for Live Streaming Session

Can't make it to the live event?

Register for Livestream and enjoy the program from the comfort of your own office! Session recordings will be emailed to registrants within a week of the event.

In-Person Registration
Members- $89
Nonmembers- $99

Register for In-Person Session

In-Person registration includes lunch and parking.

California Community Foundation
Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles
281 South Figueroa Street Suite 100
Los Angeles, California  90012
(Scroll down for directions and parking info.)

Maggie Brubaker

Farzana Nayani
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion,
and Intercultural Specialist,
Manazil Management, LLC
Kevin Franco
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion,
Strategist Consultant
Katherine Kouot
College Success Director,
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)


Learn more about the presenters here.

CCF’s new Palevsky Center is located in The Park DTLA, a low-rise building complex on South Figueroa St. between 2nd and 3rd Streets in downtown Los Angeles. The Palevsky Center is on the first floor of building 281, near to the outdoor fountain.

Driving Directions
From the 110 Harbor Freeway South: Exit on 9th Street towards Downtown, and turn left onto S. Figueroa St., heading north. Stay in the middle lanes. The Park DTLA is on the left between 3rd and 2nd Streets, with the main entrance in the middle of the block. Drive in and pass the fountain into the parking structure. Bring your parking ticket to the Palevsky Center for a validation.
  From the 110 Harbor Freeway North: Exit on 3rd St. and make an immediate right onto Beaudry, make the first right at the traffic signal at 2nd St., and then right on S. Figueroa St. The Park DTLA is on the right, and the main entrance is in the middle of the block. Drive in and pass the fountain into the parking structure. Bring your parking ticket to the Palevsky Center for a validation.

From the 101 Hollywood Freeway South: Connect to 110 South and take first exit, 3rd Street. Make an immediate right onto Beaudry, then the first right at the traffic signal at 2nd St., and turn right on S. Figueroa St. The Park DTLA is on the right, and the main entrance is in the middle of the block. Drive in and pass the fountain into the parking structure. Bring your parking ticket to the Palevsky Center for a validation.

From the parking structure, walk out to the courtyard. Across from the fountain is the 281 building. Follow the walkway to the front doors.

The cost of attendance includes parking fees. Please park in the parking structure located next to the California Community Foundation offices. You will receive a pre-paid validated parking ticket when you arrive at the Palevsky Center.

Public Transportation
The Palevsky Center in The Park DTLA is easily accessible by the DASH Bus “A” line. Heading north on Figueroa off at 3rd Street and cross the street. Heading south get off at 2nd Street and walk one block south to the main entrance.

METRO & Bike Parking
The complex is five blocks from the 7th Street and Figueroa Metro Center station. Exit the station and walk north on Figueroa to the main entrance, or take DASH Bus “A”. Bike racks are available on site. Metro Bike Share Racks are available on 2nd St and Figueroa. If you get lost, please call the main CCF office number: 213-413-4130 (Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm)
  Farzana Nayani presenting at the 2018 NSPA Conference.
  Meet the Presenters  
  Farzana Nayani is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Intercultural Communications specialist. She has worked with corporations, non-profit organizations, public agencies, higher education institutions, and K-12 schools as a consultant and trainer on diversity and inclusion, cross-cultural communication, educational outreach, and community engagement. Farzana’s advisory work with Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), entrepreneurship, and economic development has taken her to engagements across the country, including the White House and Silicon Valley. Her subject matter expertise on Asia-Pacific community relations is recognized in her work with institutions like the Smithsonian and the East-West Center. A featured author, keynote speaker, and coach, Farzana is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory ®and is coaching faculty at the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coaching Center at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. A parent and community advocate, she is currently working on a new book on supporting identity development of multiracial children. She is based in Los Angeles.

Katherine Kouot is a Los Angeles native who is passionate about education, youth empowerment, and social justice. She has worked in the education non-profit sector supporting LA youth since 2009. Her commitment for college access and success grew from her experiences tutoring for USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI). After college, Kat joined Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), working within the community schools model to implement college access and career development curriculum at high schools in South LA, East LA, and the San Fernando Valley. Most recently, Katherine joined Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) as the College Success Director, where she works to holistically support students on their pathway towards college, career, and life success. Kat is committed to working towards collective liberation for every member of the community. She hopes to leverage her experiences in community organizing, education, and the non-profit sector to serve marginalized and underserved communities.

As a Queer femme Latinx scholar-practitioner, Kevin Franco is transforming the way we talk and think about workplace/education inclusion by having individuals and organizations recognize that social justice is a process and a goal, and with that understanding, strategic healing and radical change can occur. With over eight years of experience working directly with a spectrum of populations with varying needs- education leaders, high school & college students, teachers, administrators, and staff- Kevin has developed a critical analysis of social justice issues in different contexts and a pragmatic social justice approach (awareness, navigation, commitment) in developing people's consciousness to practicing purposeful allyship.

With a firm belief that one must understand their relationship with social justice before engaging in allyship work, Kevin has presented and facilitated trainings at higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and national conferences that address the importance of building one's social consciousness from within and outward- the self and the systems. Kevin continues to critically analyze workplace/education issues through various lenses that focus on the intersection of race, class, gender, and sexuality, and he continues to change minds and hearts through his work on strategic healing by assisting individuals and employers to cultivate justice and healing in their practice.



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