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With COVID-19 forcing the closure of campuses early this spring, colleges and universities moved classes online and closed housing facilities, separating students from their campus communities and resources. This disruption accelerated several trends that already existed in higher education, with a disproportionate impact on students from historically marginalized backgrounds. Given the rapid change brought on by COVID-19 and augmented by the United States’ accelerated fight for racial justice, it is more important than ever that students' voices and experiences are included in conversations on the future of higher education. To begin this work, the Sorenson Impact Center MAPS project convened students from across the nation to share experiences, perspectives, and needs from their institutions.


In response to major interest from this event and in an effort to continue these conversations, the MAPS project has launched the inaugural Student Coalition on Higher Education. The Student Coalition will provide opportunities for young leaders from across the nation to discuss emerging trends, engage with industry practitioners and community leaders, and contribute to key conversations within higher education as we seek to make higher education more equitable and student-centric. Now more than ever, we know that it is essential to elevate student voices and encourage higher education leaders to consider student experiences as they seek to chart the future of their institutions.

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Alex Rodriguez | He/Him


Abhi Harikumar | He/Him

Heidi Seabrooks-Smith | She/Her


Student Coalition 2020-2021

Student Managers

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Coalition Members


Catalyzing Student

Equity In Higher Education

Drawing from a months-long process speaking with students and administrators across the nation. The Student Coalition of 2020-21 on Higher Education designed a guidebook that dives into factors that emerged as important in catalyzing student-equity-centricity.

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