Whitney Laughlin



Non-Profit Consulting

College & Career



Victoria, BC, Canada
Santa Fe, NM, USA
E-mail: laughlin@rt66.com

Web site: www.whitneylaughlin.com
(250) 478-7762 landline; 589-1211 cell: Canada



University of California at Berkeley
Ed.D. Educational Administration and Nonprofit Management


Harvard Graduate School of Education
Ed.M. Administration, Planning and Social Policy


Goddard College
M.A. Spanish and Women’s Studies


Roger Williams College/University Without Walls
B.A. Spanish and Women’s Studies
Certification, Spanish-Secondary Level


C.A.L.E. Language Institute, Cuernavaca, Mexico
Immersion Course (240 hours) for instructors of intensive Spanish



PNACAC (Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling)
“Sister Shawn Marie Barry Distinguished Service to Youth Award”, for “outstanding and faithful service to youth.”


“Counselors That Change Lives” award (from Colleges That Change Lives)


Ashoka Foundation Fellow Finalist


Recipient of NACAC’s (National Association for College Admission Counseling) annual “Human Relations Award,”
given to the individual who is ”instrumental in making postsecondary educational opportunities available to historically underrepresented students.”


John B. Muir Writing Award of the National Association for College Admission
Is Our Current Financial Aid Delivery System Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families



Co-organizer: Lilith 400: Young Leaders Program — a program for emerging female leaders enrolled in Grades 10, 11, or 12.

1996 – present

Consultant in university, graduate school, career and financial aid counseling

1977 – present

Consultant to schools and nonprofit organizations

Expertise in:

  • College/University Counselling
  • Organizational Assessment
  • Program Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Board Development
  • Collaborative Ventures
  • Critiquing of Grant Proposals
  • Start-Up Organizations
  • Marketing Audits
  • Specialty Areas: Education, Environment, Sustainable Communities,
    Health, Youth, Women, Hispanic, Native American/First Nations,
    especially Recruitment and Retention of Native American students.

Clients include:

United States:

  • Phillips Academy, Andover
  • The Hotchkiss School
  • Macalester College
  • Grinnell College
  • Santa Fe and New Mexico Community Foundations
  • LightHawk
  • Coffee Kids
  • New Mexico Environmental Law Center
  • SIPI (Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute)
  • Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Talent Search
  • Yavapai-Apache Education Office
  • Seeds of Change
  • AISES (American Indian Science & Engineering Society)
  • New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund
  • The 13th Regional Corporation — An Alaska Native Corporation
  • Desert Academy
  • Wasatch Academy
  • Hawaii Department of Education
  • Assistance League of Albuquerque


  • BC Ministry of Advanced Education (Evaluation of Aboriginal Training for Employment Program (ATEP)
  • Rundle College (AB)
  • Webber Academy (AB)
  • Lester B. Pearson College, United World College of the Pacific (BC)
  • University of Victoria (BC)
  • Fraser Academy (Vancouver, BC)
  • Mulgrave School (West Vancouver, BC)
  • Stratford Hall School (Vancouver, BC)
  • Southridge School (Surrey, BC)
  • Crofton House (Vancouver, BC)
  • Bishop Strachan School (Toronto, ON)
  • Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer Showcase (Girls, Grades 9–11)
2011 – 2012

Director of University Counselling, St. Michaels University School, Victoria, BC

2007 – 2011

College Counselor for the Simon Family Foundation Scholars (New Mexico)

1997 – 2010

Founder, Executive Director, Assistant Director (2009–10) — College Horizons
Pre-college program for Native American students

2003 – 2009

Founder and Director — Graduate Horizons
Pre-graduate school program for Native Americans

2001 – 2003

College Counselor (part-time) — Desert Academy, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1996 – 2000

Native American Preparatory School (part-time)
Consultant (1998–2000)
Director of College and Career Counseling (1996–1999)
Director of Admission and Financial Aid (1996–1998)

1994 – 1996

Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Director of Admission and Financial Aid

1993 – 1994

The Gila International Center of Diversity (nonprofit arm of Seeds of Change)
Executive Director

1992 – 1994

Founding Executive Director — Southwest College Horizons
a nonprofit organization to help rural low income students go on to college

Founding Executive Director and creator of the Earth Bridge Project
a pre-college, intercultural environmental leadership program for low-income rural youth

1987 – 1990

Albuquerque Academy, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Director of College Counseling & Teacher of Senior Humanities


A Better Chance, Boston, Massachusetts
Researcher and Program Assistant

1986 – 1987

Harvard College Admissions Office
Interviewer and staff member

1977 – 1986

Verde Valley School, Sedona, Arizona
Director of ESL program
College Counselor
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Assistant Director, Mexico Field Trip Program
Coordinator, Minority Students
Faculty Representative, Board of Trustees
Teacher of Spanish, French, and E.S.L.

1977 – 1978

Coconino County Public Schools, Flagstaff, Arizona
Founder and Coordinator, Sedona Community Schools Program

1976 – 1978

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
Instructor, Spanish Immersion Program

1976 – 1978

Yavapai Community College, Clarkdale, Arizona
Instructor, Spanish and French
Instructor and designer of course on Women in Literature
Faculty Representative, College Senate

1975 – 1977

Yavapai-Apache Tribal Education Program, Middle Verde, Arizona
Coordinator/Instructor — E.S.L. and G.E.D. Preparation Programs
Instructor, Native American Literature and Culture
Author of annual grant proposals & Program Evaluator

1973 – 1974

South End Neighborhood Alliance, Boston, Massachusetts
Instructor of E.S.L. in the Adult Education Program


Chan Kom, Yucatan, Mexico
Teacher of E.S.L. and Spanish in a Mayan village


1986 – present

Presenter for national and regional conferences including:

  • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • The College Board
  • Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC)
  • Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC)
  • Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (RMACAC)
  • Montana Post Secondary Education Opportunities Council (MPSEOC)
  • Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
  • Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA)
  • Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB)
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
  • National Indian Education Association (NIEA)
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Latino and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Recruitment and Retention of Native American Students to College (RETAIN)
  • Gifted and Talented Education for Native People
  • Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE)
  • National College Access Network (NCAN)
  • The Bioneers

Topics include:

  • Canadian Universities vs. U.S.: Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Student Financial Aid
  • Selective College/University Admissions
  • Pre-College and Graduate School for Native and Low Income students
  • Recruitment and Retention of Native American Students
  • Intercultural Communication: Building Ally Relationships
  • The Earth Bridge Project: An Intercultural Environmental Leadership Program
1989 – 1990

Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Commission on Student Recruitment and Retention

1989 – 1990

National Association of College Admission Counselors
Admissions Practices Committee


Western Regional College Board
Faculty Member, Summer Admissions Institute


Rocky Mountain Association of College and Admissions Counselors
Organizer of Annual Meeting: “The Multicultural Perspective”

1986 & 1987

National Association of Independent Schools
Faculty Member, Summer Financial Aid Workshops



International Eye: International Student Flow To and From Canada.
National Association for College Admission Counseling Journal, Summer


Native American Students — A Counselor’s Perspective.
Journal of College Admission. Spring 2001.

1994 – 2001

Contributor and Founding Editor: Annual College Guide for American Indians.
Winds of Change Magazine. American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)


Is Our Current Financial Aid Delivery System Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families?
National Association for College Admission Counseling, in
Achieving Diversity: Strategies for the Recruitment and Retention of Traditionally Underrepresented Students.
Recipient of the John B. Muir Writing Award.


Access or Deterrence? Student Financial Aid and Low-Income Chicanos/Latinos.
Special Edition: Chicanos in Higher Education. Journal of the Association of Mexican American Educators.


A Financial Aid Officer’s Primer, the Student Financial Aid Services Committee of the National Association of Independent Schools.


Companeras de America (master’s thesis), a 250-page anthology of contemporary women’s writings, translated into Spanish.


Interests: cycling, yoga, sea kayaking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, running, mountain biking, international cuisine, health, music, and travel.

Certificates: Wilderness First Responder; American Heart Association CPR.

Fluent in Spanish, conversant in French and I also speak some Italian. I have visited over 30 foreign countries and have lived in four. I have made on-site visits to about 1000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools.