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Peer Corps Diversity Initiative


Recruitment and Application

Benefits of Service

Diversity Committee Members


HLC believes that its peer reviewers should be representative of the backgrounds of students, faculty and staff at its member institutions. HLC formed the Peer Corps Committee on Diversity in July 2015 to address this need. The committee aims to increase the numbers of peer reviewers from the following groups to better reflect the ethnic and racial diversity within HLC’s 1,000 member institutions:

  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Asian and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino

The committee's target is to increase the cumulative representation of these groups to 20 percent of the Peer Corps by the year 2020. In 2016, the initiative met its first benchmark on the way to that target.


Benjamin YoungHLC, through this committee, is not driving any particular agenda; rather, it is acting responsibly in promoting the cherished value of diversity and inclusion by ensuring fair representation of all groups in the Peer Corps.

Benjamin Young
Vice President Emeritus, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana;
Chair, HLC Peer Corps Committee on Diversity

Recruitment and Application

Current peer reviewers and other members of HLC-affiliated institutions are invited to support this initiative by personally identifying colleagues at their institution from the above groups and encouraging them to apply to the Peer Corps.

Interested applicants should complete the Peer Reviewer Application. In the “Additional Information” section, please indicate that you learned about the Peer Corps through the Diversity Initiative.

Applications will be reviewed and applicants notified on a rolling basis. Accepted applicants will receive information about training opportunities upon notification. Send questions or feedback about this special recruitment effort to Babatunde Alokolaro at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Benefits of Peer Corps Service

Julie GuevaraBeing an HLC peer reviewer is a consummate lifelong learning experience that is always rewarding and never disappointing.

Julie Guevara
Professor of Social Work, Grand Valley State University


David TanOne of the most enjoyable moments as a peer reviewer is the opportunity to gain different perspectives, values, and knowledge from working with fellow team reviewers during on-site visits.

David Tan
Professor, Department Chair and Graduate Liaison, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Oklahoma


DigranesThe people and the places that you encounter as a peer reviewer expand your knowledge of and perspective on higher education. The professional and personal growth you experience benefits the institutions that you review as well as your own institution.

Jo Lynn Autry Digranes
Coordinator for Assessment, Oklahoma City University;
Member, HLC Peer Corps Committee on Diversity

Diversity Committee Members

Benjamin F. Young (Chairman)
Emeritus Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
David Ho
Retired Vice President, Academic Affairs
Metropolitan Community College
Babatunde Alokolaro
Peer Corps Coordinator
Higher Learning Commission
Barbara Johnson
Vice President for Accreditation Relations
Higher Learning Commission
Jo Lynn Digranes
Coordinator for Assessment
Oklahoma City University
Sherilyn Poole
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (Retired)
Governors State University
Patricia Dolly
Senior Advisor to the President
Oakland University
Jamie Stanesa
Associate Vice President and Director, Peer Corps
Higher Learning Commission
Gigi Fansler
Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Education
Lincoln College
James Williams
Dean of Library Administration
University of Colorado Boulder




“The value of HLC’s peer review processes depends in part on reviewers’ ability to reflect the diversity of the institutions that HLC serves. At a time when institutions themselves are increasingly being called on to promote diversity, HLC has a responsibility to do the same to ensure the quality of our evaluation, advice and guidance.”

Barbara Gellman-Danley
President, Higher Learning Commission


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