OACAC Annual Conference Community Service: I Know I Can

The Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee was excited to collaborate with I Know I Can, a college access organization serving the Columbus, OH city school district, to raise donations during OACAC’s Annual Conference (April 10-11).


I Know I Can (IKIC) was founded in 1988 as a result of the foresight, dedication, and generosity of community and civic leaders who believed that no child should be denied a college education simply because they could not afford it.  I Know I Can is the only college access program in Columbus and one of the largest and most successful in the nation. Since its beginning, I Know I Can has made higher education a reality for tens of thousands of Columbus City Schools students who dreamed of a college education and worked hard to get it. Today, IKIC provides the materials, financial support, mentoring and advising services needed to help students overcome barriers and achieve their higher education dreams with particular emphasis on middle school and high school students as well as current college students.  For the past 27 years, IKIC has not only helped parents and students navigate the college-going process; it has also awarded more than 25,000 grants and scholarships, with a total investment of more than $26 million in the higher education of CCS’s college-bound students.

With the support from conference attendees we were able to collect 4 full bins of items including notepads, pens/pencils, cups, college logo wear, and other items.

We can definitely say that they want to offer a big Thank You to everyone at the OACAC Annual Conference who made donations to the students at I Know I Can!



DEADLINE APPROACHING: Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship


The Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship deadline for high school seniors is this Friday, February 12, 2016! Click this link for the application http://oacac.org/student-scholarships/. Please remember that high schools counselors must be OACAC members* for their students to be considered for the scholarship! Click here to become a member http://oacac.org/become-member/. Please contact Nancy Gibson at gibsonn@denison.edu if you have any questions.

*Just one counselor in your high school needs to be an OACAC member to qualify.

TEASER: OACAC Warren Scholarship


One of your students could be standing here as an OACAC Warren Scholar in 2016!



The Charles L. Warren Memorial Heritage Scholarship deadline has changed this year! The application will be live on the OACAC website after December 1, 2015, and the new deadline is February 12, 2016. Be watching for more details in December! 



Hello Road Warriors and general travel lovers! 

OACAC’s Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee is organizing a yearlong community service project to collect toiletries to donate to organizations in major cities in Ohio (Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland). We would really appreciate it if you could remember to bring back any unused toiletries you receive during your travels (such as shampoo/conditioner, soap, lotion, etc.) so that we may collect them and disperse them among these organizations. iasctoiletries

Toiletries can be sent to:

Stacy Watts

OACAC IAS Committee

College Now Greater Cleveland

50 Public Square, Suite 1800

Cleveland, OH 44113

We will also set up a collection station at the OACAC Annual Conference occurring in Columbus, OH April 10-11, 2016. So if you are planning on attending or know someone who will be attending, please save up your toiletries and bring them to the conference!

Please contact oacaciasc@gmail.com for a list of potential organizations, to suggest some organizations that we can donate to, or to find a committee member closer to you who can take your toiletries if you are unable to send them to Stacy Watts.

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to the New OACAC Inclusion, Access and Success Committee Blog. Our IAS committee created this blog in an effort to continue good communication with our OACAC membership about important issues as they relate to diversity, inclusion and access in higher education. We plan to post a variety of topics throughout the year and we hope that you will join the conversation!

Nancy Gibson, Chair

OACAC Inclusion, Access and Success Committee