GWI 2022 Virtual Sessions

NACAC’s Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) conference is aimed at secondary, postsecondary, and CBO college admission professionals committed to championing the needs of diverse students within the college admission process. 

Overwhelming demand led to a sold-out conference. Because of this, NACAC is offering a limited virtual experience for those who were unable to attend. 


Tuesday, August 30- Thursday, September 1 from 11 am- 5:30 PM ET/ 8am-2:30pm PT 

Registration Information 

All sessions will be held live via Zoom with AI generated closed captioning. The cost is $125 for NACAC members and $200 for nonmembers. 

- A 25% discount per person is available for offices registering four or more  
- A 50% discount per person is available for GWI Philadelphia attendees 
- Please note that discounts cannot be combined 
Contact us for a promo code prior to registration. 

Registration is limited. No refunds are available (although participants may be substituted). For purchasing and billing questions please contact  

Once you have completed your registration, you will receive access to our Learning Management System, Litmos.  

Session Links 

Session links will be posted in the Learning Management System, Litmos by Monday, August 29 

On Demand Information 

Session recordings, slides, and supplemental information will be available for 3 weeks following the conclusion of the final session in the Learning Management System, Litmos


Full session schedule is TBA.  

Selected Sessions: 

Is Your Open House Closed-Minded to Neurodiverse Students?  

 (1 credit hour) 

At most admission events, one can expect to find a pep rally atmosphere with lights, cameras, and action. Although intended to generate enthusiasm and cultivate excitement, sometimes these events can harm and exclude neurodivergent students. Learn strategies to inclusively de-center neurotypicality and explore the ways in which enrollment events such as campus visits, open houses, and orientation programs have historically excluded students who identify as neurodiverse as well as those with learning disabilities. By boldly abandoning one-size-fits-all events, we courageously make space for folks to conclude: “My size can fit here.” 


  • Dr. Kristin Austin, Advisory Board, Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable 

Learning objectives: 

  • Attendees will be able to articulate a working definition and description of neurodiversity. 
  • Attendees will be able to describe at least 2 practices within their enrollment events that can cause harm to neurodiverse students. 
  • Attendees will be able to identify at least 3 easily implemented strategies that de-center neurotypicality in enrollment events. 


LGBTQ+ Recruitment 

Recruiting students is an important aspect of the higher education world and being able to market to multiple student groups is always helpful. However, successfully reaching LGBTQ+ students requires foresight and sensitivity. Concerns about student safety, as well as concerns about outing or misgendering students, are all important factors that need to be carefully considered. Learn best practices for working with this minority group in a safe manner that allows them to feel wanted, welcome, and prepared for success. 


  • Ethan Wright, Admission Counselor, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis 

Learning objectives: 

  • Learning to talk with students that may not be out and how to navigate those conversations 
  • Presenting/organizing resources that may help in the decision making process 
  • Create a larger diversity and inclusive spaces for students to feel safe 


Solidarity in the Dumpster Fire 

  (1 credit hour) 

In a world in crisis, who takes care of the caregiver? BIPOC college access and success professionals are questioning their agency to make change in this field while still maintaining their own well-being. Often removed from conversations and left to feel overextended and undervalued, how do we prioritize ourselves so that we can continue to do the critical work? Explore ways to sustain our well-being through boundaries, support systems, and professional advancement. 


  • Yvonne Espinoza, College Counselor, Yvonne Espinoza College Counseling Services 
  • Cherise D. Ogle, Assoc. Dean of College Counseling, The Weber School 

Learning objectives: 

  • Participants will acknowledge the struggle between prioritizing our well-being and meeting the expectations of our profession. 
  • Participants will engage in a real talk on ways to support and sustain themselves, especially when in crisis mode. 
  • Participants will leave with strategies to feel more empowered to continue to create change while putting themselves first. 


Speaking Up for Our Students: Advocating in the College Admission Process  

  (1 credit hour) 

Session Description: In the last few years, it seems like students need our advocacy more and more. As admission methods start to push the boundaries of best practice, we know that those students who are typically found at the margins—students of color, LGBTQ+ students, first-generation students, and low-income students—are disproportionately impacted and likely lack the resources to advocate for themselves. Discuss both the "why" and the "how to." Come ready to learn and to share! 


  • Stacey Cunitz, Director of College Counseling, The Crefeld School 

Alicia Oglesby, High school counselor, Lower Moreland High School 

Learning objectives:  

  • Understand why advocacy is important now that the CEPP has changed to the Guide to Ethical Practice 
  • Have tools to help students advocate for themselves 
  • Gain confidence in direct advocacy 


What we’d want our post secondary partners to know about First gen Students of color  

Four advisers who work for secondary institutions that teach and support mostly first-generation students of color in Philadelphia share their stories. With over 35 years of experience collectively, they have accumulated qualitative information on what colleges—both HBCUs and PWIs, two-year and four-year—need to know beyond student applications to make sure first-gen students and students of color can persist and graduate. 


  • Lance Dronkers, Director of College Partnerships, Mastery Charter Schools 
  • Chris Horne, Director of College Counseling and Alumni Support, Girard College 
  • Shannon Miranda, Director of College Counseling, KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools 

Learning objectives: 

  •  How partnerships, official MOUs or unofficial, can continue to assist and support postsecondary institutions ensure first gen students and students of color persist 
  • Beyond the sobering statistics, what tips can a college student support services office use to engage with first gen students and be seen as genuine and sincere supports 
  • How to academically support first gen students coming from under-resourced schools, especially intended STEM majors 


Building More Inclusive Communities Through An AAPI Lens 

The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is not well understood in the college admission environment. AAPI students are often perceived as a monolithic group, but this community is rich with layers of diversity, including ethnic and socioeconomic factors that greatly impact the experiences of students. Learn about the makeup, history, and diversity within this community as you equip yourself with the tools to advocate for and best serve students during the college search process. 


  • Steve Frappier, Director of College Counseling, The Westminster Schools 
  • Brenda Gerhardt, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Dayton and Gerhardt Educational Endeavors 
  • Sneha Kohirkar, College Counselor, Bellarmine College Preparatory  
  • Chris Loo, Co-Director of College Counseling, The Stony Brook School 

Learning Objectives 

  • Participants will have a greater understanding of the diversity of the monolithic term AAPI 
  • Participants will become more familiar with the different histories within the broader AAPI communities and how that impacts the present-day experience of each subgroup. 
  • Participants will have tools that can help them avoid common assumptions and microaggressions often made about AAPI students. 


How Women of Color Navigate Leadership Mazes: Lessons Learned 

In her Harvard Business Review article, How to Disrupt a System That was Built to Hold You Back, professor Lan Nguyen Chaplin writes, “In almost every industry, women of color receive less support, and experience double standards, microaggressions, and unconscious bias.” Hear from seasoned professionals who have been in the trauma trenches and who will share strategies on how to navigate PWI spaces, especially when you are the only BIPOC in the room. Take away tips and insights on how to move your workplace toward being a more inclusive and equitable place for all. 


  • Nikki Kahealani Chun, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, University of Hawai'i at Manoa 
  • Brandy Fransen, Senior Associate Director of International Admission, Rollins College 
  • Joan Liu, Founder, Second Chance 
  • Myronee Simpson, Director of College Counseling, Shorecrest Preparatory School 

Learning Objectives 

  • Leaders from majority backgrounds will leave with a higher level of awareness of the specific challenges that female colleagues of color face in the workplace. 
  • Women of color will leave with insights on how to broach difficult conversations, and navigate spaces that were not built for them. 
  • Leaders of color will leave with tips on how to move their workplace forward towards being a more inclusive, representative, and equitable place for all of us. 


Students with Disabilities: Barriers to the Admission Process 

Students with disabilities may encounter a range of unexpected barriers as they plan for postsecondary education. The needs of students with mobility/sensory (vision, hearing) impairments, mental/chronic health conditions, learning disabilities, and neurodiversity all may impact a student’s ability to access and engage in the admission process. Explore how you can create an inclusive environment by including disability as an aspect of diversity in your college advising practices, your admission processes, and on campus. 


  • Leslie Thatcher, Director, College Success, Perkins School for the Blind 
  • Annie Tulkin, MS, Founder/Director, Accessible College, LLC 

Learning Objectives 

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the current data related to disability and college. 
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the differences between high school and college accommodations for students with disabilities. 
  • Participants will be able to evaluate the accessibility of their college advising and admission programming. 


Beyond the Headlines: Digging Deeper with College Access and Affordability 

Session Description coming soon!


GWI is part of NACAC's ongoing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion partnership with 


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5242. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NACAC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Sessions marked with a  are offered for NBCC credit hours  

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