The Academic Network, Inc.

"Your method of showing us how to implement strategies is the key component to making an immediate impact." 
-Emerson College

 "Thank you so much for your stimulating and engaging workshop.  I received wonderful feedback from our attendees and everyone came away with some tools and specifics from your presentation.  
-Columbia University
Metro New York/Southern Connecticut HERC

 "Dr. Shropshire has all the qualities you want in a presenter - knowledgeable, energetic - plus, he makes the discussion participatory!" 
-University of Michigan

Over 360 campus workshops since 2006!
​What colleagues are saying...

"Productive recruitment and retention strategies...remarkable workshop. Practical information on implementing strategies."
-Rochester Institute of Technology

"One of the most knowledgeable and engaging speakers I have ever heard.." 
-Cornell University

Campus Workshops

​​​We come to your campus! 

We offer the following types of campus workshops:

Strategies in Faculty/Staff Recruitment


Topics include:

  • Building HBCU/HSI Faculty/Staff Applicant Feeder Programs
  • Creating Effective Job Descriptions and Diversity Statements
  • Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Recruitment Process
  • Creating Marketing Materials to Attract a Diverse Audience
  • Finding External Funding for Diverse Recruitment Initiatives

Faculty Selection Committee Diversity Training

Topics include:

  • Focusing on Membership Composition of the Selection Committee
  • The "3/3/5" Method of Candidates Evaluation
  • Implementing the Diversity Goals of the Committee
  • Creating Faculty Descriptions Which Preserve Search Equity
  • Structuring Campus Interviews to Preserve Inclusion

 "The presentation was absolutely top-notch. We really appreciated the insight!​"
-Tulsa Community College

 "Thanks very much for the workshop last week Sonel. The comments we have been receiving are quite positive. It is also serving as a catalyst to keep the conversation going, linked to action.​"
-Indiana State University

"Your conversations with us were quite thought-provoking and we've already made some adjustments to our recruitment operations." 
-Western Oregon University

 "So much great information that I could hardly keep up. My notebook is filled!" 
-Towson University

Strategies in Recruiting Graduate Minority Students 

Topics include: 

  • Building College and University Applicant Feeder Programs
  • Developing Digital Publications in Attracting Diverse Talent
  • Locating and Recruiting Diverse Candidates
  • Exploring Government, Foundation and Corporate Funding for Initiatives
  • Connecting with the Professional/Academic Association Pipeline
  • Incorporating Other Departments, Alumni and Community in Recruiting
  • Converting Admits to Enrolled Students (Retention Yield)​​



Addressing Unconscious Bias at Your Institution

Topics include:​

  • Developing a Progressive Diversity Infrastructure
  • Applying Anti-Unconscious Bias Policies and Procedures
  • Determining the Impact of Unconscious Bias
  • Seeing How Unconscious Bias Influences the Perception of the School



Enhancing Support for Minority Students on Campus

Topics include:

  • Evaluating Your Campus Climate in Supporting Students of Color
  • Establishing Diversity Mentor and Outreach Programs
  • Best Practices in Communicating with Minority Students
  • Activating a Productive Dialogue between Students, Faculty/Staff and Administrators

Fee Structure:

2-Hour workshop: $3,000
4-Hour workshop: $6,000*
*covers all topics listed in each category

To inquire about schedule availability and booking, please contact our office at info@academicnetworkinc.com or by calling 661.522.1683.

"Using your techniques allowed us to develop strategies based on our specific mission."
-Auburn University

 "You brought up a lot of good points that I plan to share with my team at Central Office." 
-City University of New York, Baruch College

 "Your presentation style was one that mixed practical knowledge with intense experience you had as a Dean.​"
-Mississippi University of Women