The Reading for Education and Access Leadership (REAL) Series is for mid-level professionals in admissions, enrollment management, financial aid and college access in Minnesota. Higher education staff at both public and private nonprofit institutions are welcome to take part. Through book and article discussions, the  primary goals include:

  • Provide opportunities for networking for mid-career admissions, enrollment management, financial aid and college access professionals in Minnesota
  • Spark conversations surrounding leadership in education and access
  • Offer a curated reading list and prompt thoughtful conversation regarding salient themes in education and access work

Who is a “mid-level professional”?

Mid-level professionals are those with generally 3-10 years of experience in higher education, access work, admissions, student financial services and/or enrollment management. They are the people who are often called upon to mentor younger colleagues without being their supervisors. Is this you? The REAL Series will be an opportunity to connect with others looking to grow in leadership roles in education and access organizations and are seeking a supportive and innovative cohort in Minnesota.

Upcoming sessions

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023
Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: Malcolm Yards in Minneapolis
Topic: Teaching Black History to White People by Dr. Leonard Moore

Dr. Leonard Moore was the closing speaker at the NACAC Conference this September in Houston, TX. We also think that having a conversation about race, possible SCOTUS decision(s), and DEI work as higher education, high school, and access professionals would serve us well as we head into the heaviest parts of reading season on the college side. 

Past discussion topics

Accessing readings

There are lots of opportunities for you to be able to access these books for free and in many formats. All of these books are available in print and either eBook or audiobook as well. We encourage you to find ways to access these books locally and that might include the use of:

  • Local academic libraries for print, eBooks and sometimes audiobooks, too
  • Local academic libraries for interlibrary loan options if the book is not currently available
  • Local public libraries, especially if you’re looking for eBook or audiobook options
  • Local reference librarians
  • Local independent bookstores (you can locate bookstores through IndieBound if you want to purchase your own copy)

Series coordinators

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the REAL Series coordinators: 


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