Key Initiatives

Faculty Grants

Faculty are invited to compete for funds that will allow them to undertake a project to promote high academic achievement among all students, with a particular focus on promoting success and satisfaction among underrepresented students of color. We provide grants for faculty to develop and design initiatives that meet these institutional needs. Faculty members in all disciplines may submit proposals, and the resulting research is presented at a CHAS meeting. More information regarding the application process for 2021-22 faculty grants will be made available in the Spring of 2021.

Student Conferences

CHAS student conferences offer safe, supportive spaces for students to discuss openly, honestly and constructively the unique challenges and issues they may encounter as underrepresented students on the campuses of predominantly white institutions, and to collectively brainstorm strategies to create positive institutional change. The next Student of Color Conference is expected to take place in the Spring of 2022.

Institutional Representatives Meetings

CHAS regularly assembles representatives from member institutions for meetings to exchange ideas, obtain new information, share best practices, promote collective learning, enhance institutional collaboration, and engage in professional networking. These meetings have typically taken place once or twice a year. On June 11, 2020, representatives gathered virtually for an online meeting, “Pursuing Equity in the Midst of Crisis Planning: Issues Higher Education Institutions Should be Considering During the COVID Pandemic.”

Targeted Professionals Meetings

CHAS occasionally hosts meetings aimed at engaging specific administrative personnel whom students routinely encounter upon matriculating our campuses. The purposes of these meetings include assessing the extent to which particular offices are meeting the needs of underrepresented students and improving multicultural competencies through the sharing of best practices. Past meetings have invited career counselors, athletics directors, and mental health counselors.