Daveed Diggs Joins Board


Kyle Goodfellow (919-442-6315; kgoodfellow@advisingcorps.org)


National Advising Network Welcomes Award-Winning Artist
Daveed Diggs to Its Board of Directors

 Long-time advocate of educational opportunity joins board of distinguished educators,
business leaders, and philanthropists


Chapel Hill, N.C. – (July 9, 2018) – College Advising Corps (CAC), which recently announced its goal of enrolling 1,000,000 students in postsecondary education by 2025, has welcomed distinguished actor, writer, and musician Daveed Diggs to its Board of Directors. Diggs joins a board of educators, business leaders, and philanthropists that is increasing opportunity and propelling the growing success of CAC in helping young people across the country enter and complete higher education.

Diggs is widely known for originating the dual roles of ‘Thomas Jefferson’ and ‘Marquis de Lafayette’ in Hamilton, the lauded Broadway musical which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016. Diggs’ performance earned him the Tony for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.” Later this month, his much anticipated film in which he stars, co-wrote and produced, Blindspotting, will be released nationwide. The actor, writer, and musician has long been an advocate for expanding educational opportunity and a fan of the Corps.

“Going to college opened so many doors for me both professionally and intellectually,” shared Diggs. “Many students in this country miss out on higher education due to factors that have nothing to do with capacity to learn or to participate and thrive in a college environment. CAC is doing incredible work to help students navigate the process of applying for college and providing support for students on the path to attaining a higher education and this is exactly the kind of hands on advocacy that can actually combat some of the disastrous racial, economic, and gender disparities in this country. I’m so excited to be part of CAC.”

“The passion for his art that Daveed shares on a stage or a screen—for lifting people up and giving voice—doesn’t end there,” said Nicole Hurd, CAC’s founder and CEO. “He believes in the power of education to change lives, in the possibilities that can come when we give every child the type of opportunities that can come from postsecondary education of every kind. Our entire organization, from our board to our advsiers and students across the nation, has taken inspiration from Daveed’s commitment to this cause, and we know what an important difference in our work that Daveed will create in joining the board. We are honored and excited to welcome him officially to this movement.”

Since its founding in 2005, CAC has helped more than 300,000 students enroll in college. With a recent launch gift of $20 million from Steve and Connie Ballmer, CAC has initiated a national campaign to dramatically expand its advising network, raise the funds to do so, and help to enroll one million students from low-income, first-generation-college, and underrepresented backgrounds in college by 2025.

CAC trains recent college graduates and places them as full-time college advisers in high schools in rural, suburban, and urban areas across the United States. This year, CAC is partnered with 24 universities that train and support 654 advisers. These advisers serve in 646 high schools across 14 states, plus 32 advisers serving virtually. Advisers become part of the school’s community, work closely with teachers and administrators to tie college-going into the culture of the school, and help students and families navigate the maze of admissions processes that are critical to postsecondary education, including SAT/ACT testing, federal aid filing (e.g., FAFSA), and scholarship and financial aid applications.

Most of the students that CAC serves come from student populations that are considerably underrepresented in college—for example, nearly three-quarters of the students that CAC advisers serve are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Likewise, more than 70% are usually the first from their families to attend college.

Diggs will next star in TNT’s “Snowpiercer”, a television adaptation of the hit 2013 film of the same name, as well as Netflix’s untitled Dan Gilroy thriller alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Toni Collette, and John Malkovich. He’ll also be lending his voice to Apple TV’s “Central Park”, a new animated musical comedy from “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard and 20th Century Fox Television.

The other members of the CAC Board of Directors are:

Peter T. Grauer, College Advising Corps Founding Board Chair, Chairman of Bloomberg, LP
Joaquin Castro, US House of Representatives, 20th District of Texas (San Antonio)
Steve Denning, Chairman of General Atlantic
Nicole Hurd, Founder and CEO, College Advising Corps
Lisa Jackson, Managing Partner, Imago Dei Fund
MC Belk Pilon, Chair, John M. Belk Endowment
Holden Thorp, Provost, Washington University in St. Louis
John Sexton, President Emeritus, New York University
Erskine Bowles, Board Member Emeritus, Former White House Chief of Staff and President Emeritus, University of North Carolina System