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How to Reduce Bias in Recommendation Letters for College Counselors

Led by Marie Bigham and Dr. Ashley L. Bennet, leaders of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today

Have you ever…

  • Written a recommendation letter for a student from a historically excluded group?
  • Received feedback that suggests you could benefit from DEI and/or cultural competency training?
  • Thought about how you can be a stronger advocate for students from historically excluded groups?
  • Thought about your biases and how they show up in your work?

Our workshop is led by Marie Bigham and Dr. Ashley L. Bennett, leaders of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today. Marie and Ashley have more than 40 combined years of experience in the college access space, both having served as college admissions officers and college counselors in high schools.

In this 1.5 hour workshop, we cover:

  • How to identify your biases (we all have them) in a way that serves your students.
  • How to read your own writing while applying a lens rooted in equity.
  • How to identify stereotypical language that is used to describe students from historically excluded groups.
  • How to use language that affirms your students’ identities in a way that is relevant and useful to college admissions officers.
  • How to advocate for your student by telling their story.

What People Are Saying About My Courses:

As a white, cisgender, heterosexual woman, I am committed to continuing this work both in and out of the work place. Over the past two years, I have really started to become aware of my privilege and how that impacts both me and the people who surround me. I really appreciate the safe space that was given and getting to hear from my colleagues was very eye-opening. My heart is heavy but it is also full. Thank you, Marie and Ashley, for helping us learn and grow. This is something I will always carry with me.

Lauren, University of Oregon