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 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