Information on Kognito for the HESPC

Following the 2016 HESPC Conference many have expressed interest in Kognito gatekeeper training. We held a Zoom meeting with Kognito on May 24, 2016 where representatives  Wes Nemenz and Adrian Lucero presented on the trainings. Here is all of the information we received, as well as information on consortium level pricing.

Information on Kognito

Kognito is a web based, simulation which teaches about how to talk to someone who may be in crisis. It allows for the user to have an interaction with someone and practice how they would start and continue a conversation. It has many campus versions: at-risk for stdents, faculty & staff, veterans on campus, and LGBTQ on campus. Scroll down if you’d like to view the entire presentation.


Free Trials

We were allowed access to free trials of Kognito. These contain the  simulation and give you a certificate at the end.

These are trials, so they do not contain the pre and post test that is given during the full version. They also do not track the progress of the user. Schools who purchase Kognito for their campus will receive the full version, and own the data that is collected.

If you’re interested in taking one of these trial simulations, contact Rose Milani for the code. Please specify if you are intersted in at-risk for students, faculty & staff, veterans on campus, or LGBTQ on campus.


Consortium Level Pricing

Depending on the number of schools who are interested, Kognito is able to provide access to the simulations at a reduced cost. We were told, but not guarenteed, a price of $2000 per version, per year.  This would give unlimited access to the that version of Kognito (no per user fee), and access to the data.

This may still be a stretch for your department, here are ways aid in acquiring this funding:

  • Apply for a mini-grant through the HESPC: If accepted, this could provide $750 in funding for your college/university to purchase Kognito. This could give you some initial funding while you collect data to present to administration to garner long-term funding. Keep in mind, before applying you will need to outline in your budget where the remaining funding will be generated.
  • Consider the various departments on your campus who would benefit from receiving this training and providing it for students, faculty, and staff, such as; academic affairs, student affairs, student life, library, counseling department, residence life, health services, etc. Working with or creating partnerships with these departments may allow for the funding to be shared amongst various departments.



If you are at all interested in providing or looking into providing Kognito on your campus for the 2017-2018 AY, email Rose Milani

You may contact Wes Nemenz and Adrian Lucero directly with questions specific to Kognito.