Inclusion, Diversity, Ethnicity, Equity, and Action (IDEEA)



Welcome Message 

Welcome to the WASFAA Inclusion, Diversity, Ethnicity, Equity, and Action (IDEEA) page website!

The IDEEA committee seeks to provide a transformative experience for its members that honors Inclusion, Diversity, Ethnicity, Equity, and Action to equip members to assist the diverse populations we serve. In addition, the committee provides recommendations regarding the appropriate roles of the Association in encouraging and supporting diversity initiatives. We’re excited for a new academic year, which brings new possibilities and opportunities for community members. We hope you explore the IDEEA webpage and interact with us virtually and/or in person. We’d love to see you participating in one (or more) of our presented virtual/online activities and/or upcoming in-person events.

Mission & Values

Mission :

At WASFAA, we advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our financial aid communities where we learn, work and serve. We believe that everyone's unique narrative and intersectionality can help transform new paradigms by encouraging involvement and access regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, professional level, or institution type.

  • Humility 
  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Respect 
  • Authenticity  


2023-24 IDEEA Committee 
Rosie Castañeda    Bronwyn Garrison   Kellie Nehring    Aurie Clifford   Michelle Ellinwood    Amy Davies    Daniel Carlos
Edgar Martinez    Renee Kerr    Leonard Walker   Christina Tangalakis    Dewayne Barnes    Greg Kerr    Vincent Ngo    Ryan Cortez

Join the IDEEA Committee:

Whether you have been in financial aid a few days, months, a year, a decade or more than that, it is never too early to get involved. Take a step in the direction of leadership with your voice and your unique perspective. Come join us in making a difference. Please e-mail  Rosie Castañeda at (2023-24 IDEEA Representative at Large) to get started. 

WASFAA Newsletter :
September 2023: Introducing WASFAA's IDEEA Committee
October 2023: WASFAA Needs YOU, All of You


Resources :

Although none of us can free ourselves of biases, we can learn how to recognize them, question them, and mitigate their impact.  Project Implicit is a non-project organization of researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition. They have a list of Implicit Association Test (IAT) that are intended to measure attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it show that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. Check them out! You may take something of value from the experience of taking one or more of these tests.