“The successful education of low-income/1st generation students has never been a more compelling national need than it is today. 

The Yes We Must Coalition represents colleges and universities that are proudly committed to
that objective and are collaboratively
new ways to achieve student success.” 

Gloria Nemerowicz



Institutional Membership

Benefits of Institutional Membership

  • a community of like-minded institutions proudly dedicated to the success
    of low-income/1st generation students
  • shared strategies, resources and assistance with implementation
    of emerging practices
  • a common voice in national education debates and policy matters
  • opportunities to cost save and seek shared funding
  • on-line discussion groups for those in similar roles at member institutions
  • access to national leaders, foundations, partnerships, national organizations and networking opportunities
  • inclusion in members-only Institutes on topics key to the success of institutions that serve low-income students
  • participation in the Yes We Must Student Exchange Program
  • participation in collaborative projects with other member institutions
  • use of Employment page on the YWMC website to post job openings

Criteria for Institutional Membership

  • 2- or 4-year private, non-profit, accredited college or university awarding Bachelor and/or Associate of Arts or Science degrees
  • Undergraduate enrollment of fewer than 7,500 FTE students
  • 50 percent or more of undergraduate student population eligible for Pell grants
  • Membership dues for 2017–2018 are $2,000.

  • Membership dues are final and non-refundable.

To Become an Institutional Member of the Yes We Must Coalition

  • Click here to send an email of interest to Gloria Nemerowicz, YWM president. Include institution’s name, address, name of the president, and contact information (email and phone).
  • Once qualifying criteria are confirmed, an invoice for dues will be sent to the institution’s president and designated contact (if different from president).
  • Membership begins upon receipt of dues payment and is renewed annually at the end of each fiscal year.


Associate Membership

Those colleges, universities, other non-profit organizations and individuals who support the goals of the Yes We Must Coalition but whose organizations do not meet the criteria for Institutional Membership are invited to join as Associate MembersAssociate Membership is open only to those who do not or whose organizations do not meet the qualifications for Institutional Membership.

Benefits of Associate Membership

  • Receive YWMC communications and invitations
  • Qualify for reduced registration fees for YWMC conferences and workshops
  • Share with full members the role of advocate for students served by YWMC colleges and universities
  • Name appears on YWMC materials and publications

Dues for Associate Members 

  • Dues for Organizations joining as Associate Members are $850
    for the 12 months following receipt of payment.
  • Dues for Individuals joining as Associate Members are $350
    for the 12 months following receipt of payment.
  • Membership dues are final and non-refundable.

To Become an Associate Member

  • Organizations click here to provide information.
  • Individuals click here to provide information.
  • Associate Membership applications are circulated to current Institutional Members for approval.
  • Candidates will be notified about the status of their application 10 business days after receipt of request to join.

Thank you for your interest in the mission and work of Yes We Must Coalition.