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  NSPA Regional Meeting - Los Angeles
  Addressing Biases & Barriers to College Success:
Purposeful Mitigation Strategies & Programming Solutions
$49 for Members
$59 for Non-Members

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.



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)

  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.
  Farzana Nayani presenting at the 2018 NSPA Conference.


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