Kourtney Cockrell

Kourtney Cockrell



Phone: (847) 467-4577

Kourtney Cockrell joined the Division of Student Affairs in November 2014 as the Director of Student Enrichment Services. In this role, Kourtney created a central hub for students coming from first-generation and/or low-income backgrounds. She works one-on-one with students to connect them with vital campus resources, oversees the Compass Mentor Program that has expanded in its second year, and is building capacity across campus in order to create more inclusive environments for students. With an expanded team that now includes a full-time Assistant Director and Administrative Assistant, Kourtney is eager to offer increased programming, targeted communications, and additional opportunities for training and engagement with faculty and staff.

Kourtney Cockrell has spent over 15 years working with organizations to increase access and opportunity for young people from traditionally overlooked backgrounds. She is passionate about equity and social justice and began her training with the Intergroup Dialogue (IGR) program at the University of Michigan. Kourtney earned her BA in African-American Studies and Sociology at the University of Michigan and her MS in Learning and Organizational Change from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern. Kourtney has expertise in college access, social justice education, organizational change, nonprofit management, and talent management.

Prior to Student Enrichment Services, Kourtney directed the Project EXCITE program through the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, a program focused on closing the achievement gap in Evanston. Kourtney co-authored a chapter on the impact of Carol Dweck’s work on Black and Latino students in middle school, and worked closely with students and families in the Evanston School District. Prior to Northwestern, Kourtney spent over seven years with The Posse Foundation working in both the Chicago and National offices, and directed and executed the first National Posse Alumni Conference in New York City during the Summer 2010. Kourtney also worked with the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to recruit diverse talent to their full-time MBA program and has advised a number of companies and organizations on best practices in the world of diversity recruitment and inclusion.

Outside of work, Kourtney facilitates workshops and trainings on diversity, inclusion and equity. She is on the Board of Open Communities, a Fair Housing nonprofit in Winnetka, IL and is an honoree of the Young Woman of Promise Award through the YWCA YWomen’s Awards Dinner. Kourtney is a proud first-generation college student and identifies as Black and Jewish.