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The DEI Board recognizes that Compass’s services—especially costly private tutoring—confer advantage to many students who already benefit from significant privilege. We understand that the K–12 educational system in the U.S. is disproportionately under-resourced for BIPOC students, and that admission tests can either fortify the barriers to college access or help erode them.

The role of the DEI Board is two-pronged. First, it works with the leaders at Compass to make the company’s educational resources more accessible to historically marginalized communities. Additionally, it works with these communities, especially Black, indigenous, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ folks, to create new, impactful services beyond Compass’s typical menu of offerings. 

Second, the DEI Board helps Compass’s leadership transform the company’s culture and hiring processes to recruit and maintain more employees of color. The Board continues to identify impediments toward more inclusive hiring within the company and strives to unhinge them. As a company that values the democratizing power of higher education, Compass’s staff and tutors should resemble the diverse communities we aim to better support.

Programming for Students

Compass is a national leader in college admission testing that not only prepares students for the SAT and ACT, but also educates families, counselors, and enrollment professionals on the ethical use of test scores in the admission process. To better support students and make the college admission process more equitable, we are offering a number of cost-free resources to schools and community-based organizations: 

  • Live webinars to inform parents and students about the college admissions testing process and how they can efficiently prepare for the SAT or ACT.
  • Remotely proctored practice tests with detailed diagnostic reports of students’ testing strengths and weaknesses
  • Private tutoring for the SAT and ACT through the Compass Scholarship Program

Contact Us: If you are interested in discussing the DEI Board’s offerings for your students—or would like to brainstorm other methods of support—please contact us at dei.board@compassprep.com.


In spring 2022, Compass launched its Practice Test Donation Campaign (PTDC). Each quarter, Compass will donate 10% of all college admission practice test fees to non-profit organizations that enact social change through educational programming. So far, we have raised over $25,000.

This quarter, we’re raising funds for Project Second Chance, an adult literacy initiative from the Contra Costa Public Library where adults who read or write below a 6th grade level get basic literacy instruction from volunteer tutors. This tutoring is free, confidential, and can be done virtually or at 6 library locations across the county. They also have a Families for Literacy (FFL) program to introduce families to the joy and value of reading, establish home libraries with birthday book giveaways, and give parents the skills to prepare their children for reading.

Success Stories

“The Compass Scholarship Program helped me boost my score by 240 points! My instructors were patient, kind, and encouraging. They made sure I learned the principles and tools required to do well on the SAT. The Compass Prep Program not only helped me improve my SAT scores but also helped me develop important skills such as time management. With the program’s support, I was admitted to my number one college, Wash U, and received a scholarship!”
DJ W. (he/him)
Alexander Hamilton Scholars
The Compass team has been wonderful to work with! They understand the particular needs of our student population and the limitations of our organization. They have been flexible, responsive and are providing a superior experience for our students. Our partnership with Compass came at the exact right time for the organization and I am very grateful for their services.
Phyllis Elick (she/her)
Senior Director of High School and College Bound Programs
Breakthrough Collaborative
“After taking the SAT for the second time and seeing little improvement, I had not only lost hope, but also lost motivation…until I found Compass! I had my first lesson with Compass in May. My tutors scheduled lessons according to my strengths and weaknesses. Both of my teachers were very nice, friendly, helpful, and attentive. Through the help of Compass, I was able to grow a total of a hundred points. I am very happy with my current score and I am very grateful to Compass for their support.”
Insiya M. (she/her)
Breakthrough Collaborative, Houston
“Compass Education Group’s work with Hamilton Scholars was exceptional. They helped our scholars build confidence, generate strong scores, and learn test-taking skills. With their characteristic professionalism, warmth, and cultural-competency, Compass Prep tutors are forces for good and excellence.”
Kelly Herrington (he/him)
Senior Advisor and College Counselor
Alexander Hamilton Scholars
“My experience with Compass has been amazing. The tutoring sessions were very helpful and focused on what I struggled in. Deshana taught me different ways to approach math, so I understood the concepts more. In the beginning, English and Reading were a struggle for me. My verbal tutor gave me time to reflect on problems and gave me feedback on the spot. I was able to learn quicker that way and this helped me a lot.”
Abdurrhman A. (he/him)
Breakthrough Collaborative, Pittsburgh 
“Compass was an amazing help! I had taken over 40 practice SAT tests and only gotten up to a 1320 on a real exam before beginning tutoring. Within three weeks, I increased my official score to a 1480! After 2 more weeks, I increased my official score again to a 1550—with a 790 in math! I could not have achieved this score without them.”
Diya Jha (she/her)
Governor Thomas Johnson High School (Frederick, MD)


June 29, 2023: Response to SCOTUS decision on race-conscious admissions

Today’s SCOTUS ruling on race-conscious admission practices was expected, but the anticipation makes the reality no less painful. Compass stands with those from all backgrounds and especially with those persons of BIPOC identity who recognize this decision for what it is: unjust, uncaring, and uninformed of both the reality of the history of this country and of the actual admission practices at its colleges and universities. 

We would like to share quality sources of information and also lift up voices we find to be clear, correct, and powerful at this moment. First, we recommend reading Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s dissent in its entirety; as the Compass leadership we find ourselves entirely in support of her argument and outrage. 

NPR provides a general overview, while the Chronicle of Higher Ed offers a closer look at the implications for admission policies and practices including testing. While there is much to be processed and presumably further litigated, the emerging consensus in the college admissions community is that a) school counselors will work with their advisees to bring forward their identities in college applications in ways that are authentic and empowering while also legal for colleges to consider, b) colleges will comply with the ruling but redouble their efforts to hold up diversity as a critical part of their mission, c) the ruling increases the likelihood that test-optional policies will remain largely in place, but isn’t likely to add significant steam to the test-free movement (e.g. refusing to consider scores as is the case in the UC system). 

Compass will continue to engage with the college admissions community as this decision’s consequences unfold, and we will provide updates on our efforts and opportunities for others to contribute. We remain more committed than ever to our support for those who are disadvantaged and marginalized.

May 20, 2023: Trans Affirmation Statement

The American trans community is currently facing an unprecedented assault in the form of legislative and social erasure by members of our government. Whether in the form of “drag bans,”—a thinly-veiled attempt at banning trans people in public spaces—the explicit denial of gender-affirming care to trans children, or banning trans people from participating in competitive sports, trans people must fight daily for the right to simply exist.

The need for inclusion and equality is not abstract: it directly affects us as a company and as a broader community. Cultures around the world have always recognized, integrated, and even revered individuals who fall outside the gender binary, as well as individuals who identify as a gender that does not match their assignment at birth. Compass affirms and recognizes these long-held views: we affirm the right of trans people to exist and lead authentic, truthful, and joyful lives. We affirm the right of trans children to seek gender- affirming care. We affirm the right of trans people to feel safe in their workplaces and the communities in which they live. We condemn any attempt, legislative or otherwise, to exclude trans people from existing and thriving in society.

As tutors and educators, our job is to support and empower students of all identities and backgrounds, and we want our students to go out into a world that will embrace them. Now, more than ever, it is imperative to actively champion the right of all trans people to safety, gender-affirming care, and active visibility within our communities. To paraphrase Desmond Tutu, “Our humanity is tied to the humanity of all.”

We encourage everyone to reach out to their local representatives, vocally support the trans community, and seek out resources to become a better trans ally. For more information about how you can help, please consider visiting: https://transequality.org/issues/resources/supporting-the-transgender-people-in-your-life-a-guide-to-being-a-good-ally

March 24, 2023: Response to College Board changing its African American Studies curriculum

We support every student’s right to learn about factual cultural history, including their own, in an uncensored format. In light of recent events, it is more important than ever that we acknowledge the bias that runs deep within our government and ideologies. We believe that each student is entitled to a holistic education that encompasses both inclusion and explicit anti-racism. 

Therefore, we do not support the College Board’s decision to remove parts of history from their AP African American Studies course. It is a thinly-veiled attempt to appease a countercultural movement spearheaded by Governor DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education, who believe that teaching a holistic version of our country’s history is somehow detrimental to the youth of today. 

We acknowledge that internalizing a clear and honest view of historical accounts can be a challenging process for students, regardless of their identities. However, selectively ignoring salient events, especially those which shaped the world as we know it, poses a much greater issue. For too long, our country has whitewashed the education system when it comes to colonialism and racism, which affects us even now. It is imperative that we teach with transparency, so that we might equip the next generation to learn from our mistakes. The College Board’s actions are a step backwards, and those actions can potentially have devastating ramifications not only on the United States education system, but also our country as a whole.

Meet the Board

Arman Avasia (he/him)

Program Manager, Chicago

Arman received his BA in English from Skidmore College and an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Literature from McNeese State University. He was a Compass verbal tutor for 6 years before transitioning into the Program Manager role.

Cal Bobb (they/them)

Tutor, San Francisco

Cal began tutoring in 2011 as they completed their B.A. in Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado - Boulder where they graduated summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Cal’s love of teaching took them to Stanford University where they received an M.S. in Earth System Science. Cal’s breadth of experiences in a variety of college settings has helped meet students where they are at and support them as they pursue their goals towards college admissions. Cal understands that college is an important time when many students learn who they are, what they believe, and how they want to contribute to the world. This awareness motivates Cal to support students and their families through the landscape of college admissions.

Anna Karla Carreno (she/they)

Tutor, Washington, DC

Anna Karla graduated from Washington Adventist University with Honors, earning a B.A. in Music and English. Before she graduated, she tutored at her university's Writing Center for two years, helping students with grad school applications, dissertations, and essays. She specialized in helping ESL students learn how to write and format essays in English.

Kelly Corey (she/her)

Director, Washington, DC

Kelly received her B.A. in Theater from USC. Since relocating to the DMV area, her experience has focused on providing support to families as they navigate the testing landscape and their admissions goals. In her role as a Compass Director, she is most excited for the opportunity to communicate directly with students to understand their individual learning style and promote academic success.

Robert Cunningham (he/they)

Proctor, Chicago

Robert Cunningham is a proctor based out of Compass's Chicago Office. They hold a Bachelor of Arts in Film, Theatre & Sociology from Northwestern University. They have an extensive background in peer mentorship, leadership and college admissions. As a child of educators, Robert believes in making educational opportunities and avenues accessible to all. They join the DEI Board in hopes of bringing their experience, viewpoints, and identities to the table to help foster growth for the Compass community—and to learn something new along the way.

Pankti Dalal (she/her)

Program Manager, San Francisco

Pankti graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Anthropology and a BS in Human Biology. She has been tutoring and teaching for over 12 years in high/middle/elementary schools, after-school programs and summer/science camps. She worked for Compass as a verbal, math and biology tutor for 3 years prior to transitioning to the Program Manager role.

Amira Danan (she/her)

Tutor, Chicago

Amira is a Verbal tutor based out of Compass's Chicago office. Though she is a recent addition to Compass, she has privately tutored both high school and college students, and has even worked with graduate school applicants for whom English is a second language. Her mother, who has taught ESL for nearly three decades, was her inspiration to pursue tutoring and teaching. As a Compass tutor, she hopes to contribute to the DEI board through her experiences as a BIPOC, while also providing insight that stems from her background in African-American Studies at Northwestern University. She looks forward to being a part of Compass's growth as a more accessible and equitable institution.

Chezy David (she/they)

Proctor, New York

Chezy is a Compass verbal tutor and proctor who graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a double degree in writing and English literature. Currently, they are working towards an MFA in creative nonfiction writing at New York University. She believes education is not just about absorbing information—it's also about understanding and challenging one's own privileges, acknowledging who has access to what and why, and learning how we can help each other grow into the people we want to be in spite of our differences. Through Compass's DEI board, she hopes to learn about and contribute to new and unexpected ways of widening accessibility to education.

Jason Garske (he/him)

Administrative Coordinator, Los Angeles

Born in the East Bay Area, Jason Garske is a proud California native. He received his undergraduate degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, dual-majoring in Sociology and Media Studies. During his time at Pitzer, he fell in love with studies about the intersection of race, class, gender, identity, and the social structures that govern society. An avid hip-hop musician, Jason incorporates themes of social justice and allyship into his music. He has even published an essay about race, media, and hip-hop in an international online publication called Porridge Magazine. After graduating, Jason found his niche tutoring high schoolers and finds joy in helping them reach their goals of landing admission into their dream universities. He's now part of Compass's Los Angeles admin team.

Chris Hardy (he/him)

Director, New York

Christopher graduated with departmental and general honors from Vassar College where he earned his BA in French and Theater before going on to receive an MFA from the New School. He has worked in and around education his whole career, first for nearly a decade as a professional tutor, then in schools for many years as a college counselor and classroom teacher in the IB program.

Adam Ingersoll (he/him)


Adam began his career in test prep in 1993 at USC, where he was a student-athlete and worked in the admission office. Over the last two decades he has guided thousands of families to successful experiences with standardized tests. Adam is known nationally as a leading expert on college admission testing and is a frequent presenter at higher ed conferences, faculty development workshops, and school seminars. He is pleased to serve as the founders’ representative to the DEI board.

Kevin Klein-Cardena (he/they)

Tutor, New York