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Nominee for Chair-elect: Angelica Melendez

Angelica MenendezAngelica Melendez
College Bound Advisor
Luther Burbank High School (TX)

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How do your experiences align with NACAC’s new mission and vision statements?”

NACAC’s new mission and vision statement focusing on education, advocacy and community align with my own personal core values and the work I do every day. For me, advocacy is at the heart of securing education for students and professionals.  It is also vital to building a community in our schools and profession. 

Many view advocacy as outreach politically or via state education agencies, however, it has been my experience that advocacy begins in my high school as the link between my students and their future educational institution.  Access to postsecondary education is a critical choice for students and all deserve the opportunity to explore all options and make the best decision for themselves.  As students relay their anxieties and fears, I can empathize as I had similar doubts. 

Understanding that my colleagues on the other side of the desk have enrollment goals to reach, I assist when they ask to meet with a certain profile of students. However, I also encourage them to meet with other students who may be interested in attending their school through different pathways. In my conversations with the admission representatives I request that they go beyond freshman admission requirements.  My students need to know the transferability and applicability of dual enrollment courses. My students need to know about the applicant pool for undocumented students and whether their institution is prepared to serve students like them. After the visit, as I build my relationship with my admission colleagues, I encourage them to envision this “job” as a profession, to seek membership in NACAC and learn through programming at conference, Guiding the Way to Inclusion and the Anti-Racist Institute.  I ask how I can assist them in developing their own skill sets.

Building a community amongst our members is key to ensuring that all voices will be a part of the future of NACAC. Membership has reached new levels and our governance structure was reimagined providing more options for participation and leadership.  Through all these changes, I am proud to say that I was a part of thoughtfully supporting the organization through every stage. My experience as a former affiliate president helped leaders navigate and assess these changes with a steady look to a promising future.  It is not a small task to find models that tie together our diverse membership while honoring the different experiences we come to the table representing.  As a member of a public high school community, I know our voices are needed across NACAC and I am excited at the opportunity to represent one of these much needed voices.

My passion to advocate for our members and the students we serve has guided me to have difficult, but essential and important discussions. As chair, I am committed to looking at decisions through an equity lens and continuing to have conversations that are vital for the success of NACAC and its members. It is a great responsibility to take on and at this time in my over 20 year career, I continue to have the drive and enthusiasm to contribute to advancing our work and making a difference. 

Angelica's Nominee Speech

"What do NACAC’s new mission and vision statements mean to you as a member, a professional, and as a candidate for the board?"

Bio

EXPERIENCE


NACAC

  • Member, 2006-present
  • Planning Committee: Chair, 2021-present
  • Board of Directors: Director, 2019-present


Texas ACAC

  • Member, 2000-present
  • Mentor/Mentee Program, 2015-present
  • Presidential Cycle: President-elect, 2016-17; President, 2017-18; Past President, 2018-19
  • Finance Committee: Member, 2018-19
  • Admission and College Counseling Institute: Faculty, 2015-17
  • Super Conference (RMACAC, SACAC, TACAC): Co-Chair, 2017
  • NACAC Assembly Delegate, 2012-14
  • Conference Coordinator, 2012-14
  • Secretary, 2009-2010
  • Professional Development Committee: Co-Chair, 2006-09
  • Admission Professional Empowerment Seminar: Co-Coordinator, 2007


Other Professional Organizations

  • South San Antonio ISD CCMR (College, Career and Military Readiness) Data Team: Member, 2018-21
  • Palo Alto College High School Advisory Committee: Member, 2016-21
  • Texas A & M University VIC (Very Important Counselor) Advisory Board: Member, 2019-21
  • University of Texas at Austin High School Advisory Committee: Member, 2017-20
  • Palo Alto College Dual Credit Consortium Committee: Member, 2017-17
  • Texas Tech University High School Advisory Committee: Member 2011-12


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Luther Burbank High School, San Anotonio TX; College Bound Advisor, 2022-present
  • St. Philip’s Early College High School, San Antonio, TX: College Bound Advisor, 2021-2022
  • South San Antonio High School, San Antonio, TX: College & Financial Aid Specialist, 2013-21
  • Lytle High School, Lytle, TX: College Readiness Coordinator, 2007-13
  • Coastal Bend College, Pleasanton, TX: Counselor/Advisor, 2007
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX: Regional Recruitment Coordinator, 2004-07
  • Palo Alto College, San Antonio, TX: Recruiter/Advisor, 2003-04
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, TX: Admission Coordinator, 2000-03


EDUCATION

  • M.A. University of Texas at San Antonio, Higher Education Administration, San Antonio, TX
  • B.A. Texas A&M University, History, College Station, TX


AWARDS

  • Texas ACAC William W. Fleming Award: Recipient, 2021
  • Texas A&M University VIC (Very Important Counselor) Award: Recipient, 2017
  • Palo Alto College Collaboration Award: Recipient, 2017
  • Dual Credit Rising Star for Most Improved Enrollment: Recipient, 2016 & 2017


PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2020 Collegewise Annual Conference: Paying for College in a Recession
  • 2019 NACAC National Conference: An Army of One-The One Person College Counseling Office
  • 2017 GEAR Up Summer Institute: Counselor Institute Panelist
  • 2017 Texas ACAC Annual Conference: Working with Undocumented Students

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