Nicole Hacker is a Writer at The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. She earned her PhD in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration at Central Michigan University (CMU) and Doctor of Audiology (AuD) from CMU. Prior to completing her PhD, she was an Assistant Professor of Audiology at Pacific University, Oregon and Director of Clinical Instruction and Services in Audiology at CMU. Her research interests include graduate student mental health, specifically psychological well-being; social-emotional learning/emotional intelligence in higher education; leadership & mentorship in higher education, specifically peer mentorship; equity and inclusion in higher education, particularly online & generational learning; and global citizenship. She has published on equity and inclusion in higher education, specifically relating to international students, online learning, study abroad, graduate students, and mental health.
Nicole’s hope: We will provide the tools for higher education institutions and policy leaders to provide all students with a safe, inclusive, and equitable educational environment to optimize their learning and future outcomes.