DEI Institute 2022: Rural students and how colleges support them

  • 02/23/2022
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online (Zoom)
  • 75


DEI INSTITUTE 2022

rural students and how colleges support them


Students from rural areas across the country arrive on campus with unique strengths and needs. Learn more about this traditionally underrepresented population, colleges that support them, and how we as IECs can do the same.

Nola Healy Lynch

DEI Committee Member







Nola Healy Lynch is a Certified Educational Planner and member of HECA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. As a first-generation college student, she completed a BA at Mount Holyoke College, then earned an MA at New York University. Her college advising career started at Cincinnati’s diverse School for Creative and Performing Arts. After founding Northwest College Search in Bellingham, Washington, in 2009, she realized that students from areas beyond the big cities had high school experiences that are often overlooked in college advising and admissions. When the NACAC Rural and Small Town Special Interest Group formed, Nola was one of the first to join. 


Peggy Jenkins

Palhouse Pathways

Co-Founder of NACAC Rural and Small Town Special Interest Group






Peggy Jenkins has a BA (Sociology) and a JD from Boston University and a certificate in College Admissions Counseling from UCLA Extension. She was once a litigation partner in a large law firm and now works as an independent legal researcher. In 2013 she founded Palouse Pathways, a community-based organization serving rural and small town students, located in Moscow, Idaho. She is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), one of the founders of NACAC’s 1800-member Rural and Small Town Special Interest Group, and a Co-Chair of NACAC’s newly formed Ad Hoc Committee on Rural and Small Town Issues.


Lorenzo Gamboa

Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach

Santa Clara University Office of Undergraduate Admission






Lorenzo Gamboa is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach at Santa Clara University in California. He has a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University and an MA in Mexican American Studies from the University of Arizona; he is currently working on his MBA at Santa Clara. Lorenzo is originally from a very small town with eight graduating seniors in his public high school class. Coming from a close-knit community, he is familiar with the assumptions and fears one may have when considering leaving town for college. Reflecting on his own college journey, he aspires to clarify the daunting experience for other first-generation students.

This event is part of the DEI Institute Series

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