PLENARY SESSION 1
8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Update on Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard
Get an insider’s perspective on the SFFA v. Harvard case from presenters who were in the courtroom for much of the trial and who each worked with four student witnesses who testified in support of affirmative action. Hear an update on the status what most assuredly will be an appeal, along with background on factors in the trial that are not commonly known, and a more in-depth discussion of race-conscious admission and what the attendees should know (and perhaps do) about it.
Jay Rosner, The Princeton Review Foundation
Michaele Turnage Young, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Removing Barriers to College Access for All Students
The higher education admission landscape has never been more complex. Creating new pathways for underrepresented and adult student populations to access college opportunity has become critical for the survival of higher education institutions. However, reaching these audiences requires lowering both the logistical and systemic barriers in applying to college. Learn how The Common Application and Reach Higher, a college access and success initiative started by former First Lady Michelle Obama, are helping to increase college access and transfer admission for first-generation and low-income students as well as veterans and other post-traditional adult learners by streamlining the application process, supporting those who support students with comprehensive counseling tools, connecting students to financial aid and scholarship resources, and more.
Meredith Lombardi, The Common Application (VA)
Partnerships Over Pipelines: Building a Comprehensive Values-Based HEI+CBO Collaborative Model for College Success and Completion
Many colleges and universities often see diversity and inclusion admission practices through pipeline glasses, thus facing blind spots when seeking out prospective high-achieving, first-generation, low-income students of color to recruit and enroll. Many community-based, college-readiness organizations (CBOs) involved with these same students encounter difficulties identifying higher education institutions (HEIs) that will authentically embrace and provide a wider passage in supporting the numerous and comprehensive needs that stretch beyond the pipeline. The combined approach of St. Olaf College (MN) with CBO, Boys Hope Girls Hope International, both rooted in a strong faith-based, character counts mission, encompasses student-level goals and organizational-level objectives designed to share data, level the playing field, nurture a sense of belonging, and navigate campus bureaucracy and customs with the capstone goal of college completion.
LaShone M. Gibson, Boys Hope Girls Hope International
Bruce King, St. Olaf College (MN)
Angel Pringle, Boys Hope Girls Hope Illinois
What About the Middle Class? Not all Students of Color are Poor
Explorer the growing middle class of people of color in the United States, using data to help understand who is middle-class in the United States, preferred language when discussing race and socioeconomic class, and best practices for recruiting middle class students of color. Two group scenarios will be presented on effective strategies for recruiting students of color.
Curtis Ferguson II, DePauw University (IN)
Katrina Tijerina, Denison University (OH)
New Perspectives: The View from the Other Side of the Desk
Success in the world of higher education revolves around partnerships that span across multiple realms. Colleges and universities, high schools, and community-based organizations (CBOs) frequently collaborate to ensure the success of students during the college application process and beyond. Since we are all working toward a common goal, switching to the other side of the desk is a common occurrence in our profession. Hear from two professionals about their path to switching to the high school and CBO side after starting their careers in college admission.
Natalie Garza, St. John's School (TX)
Tahirah Jordan Crawford, People's Preparatory Charter School (NJ)
Advancing in the College Admission Profession
Few people set out to become admission counselors, say people in the profession. They tend to stumble into it. And for those working with underrepresented populations, the quest to advance in the profession can be even more daunting. How do we balance our desire to serve underrepresented populations with our desire to advance our careers? When is the right time to leave your institution or how do you advance within your institution? Hear from seasoned admission professionals about how they advanced in the profession and get tips on how to build a successful admission career.
Cyrus Nichols, University of Oregon
Trey Moore, University of Oklahoma
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Wonder Women of Color
Women of color (WOC) face a distinctive set of challenges in the workplace, whether it be in college admission offices, high schools, or community-based organizations. Connect with WOC colleagues through asset-based conversations that focus on the benefits of being a woman of college in education. Gain insight and tips on how to navigate job searches, graduate school, work/life balance, and professional development opportunities as a WOC and leave this year’s GWI with new mentors, colleagues, and friends.
Steph Gonzalez, Williams College (MA)
Janixa Meija, University of Rochester
Not Our First Rodeo: A Multifaceted Approach to Rural Community Outreach and Recruitment
There are over 40 million people who live more than 25 miles from a higher education institution. Rural communities have historically had lower rates of educational attainment, a higher number of families with a low socio-economic status, higher numbers of first generation and more recently, an increasing number of students of color. Join in a conversation about rural student populations and hear how two schools are providing access to higher education through dual credit opportunities and an enhanced recruitment and outreach approach.
Kourtney Goya, Pikes Peak Community College (CO)
Gina Galaviz Yap, Eastern Oregon University
Generation Z is Officially Here: Recruiting the Most Diverse and Inclusive Generation Yet
Meet Generation Z, born between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s. This is the most diverse, multicultural, and inclusive generation yet, with half of the population belonging to a minority group. Admission professionals know that Generation Z is headed to college in dramatic numbers, which means innovation will be essential in reaching this population. So how exactly do admission professionals shift their recruitment strategies from millennials to this entirely new generation? Learn how to better understand the needs and challenges of our new audience—beyond knowing that Gen Z is tech savvy and heavily wired through social media. Create an intentional approach to recruiting the most diverse generation in US history.
Guadalupe Sanchez, Radford University (VA)
Guided Pathways: Community College Route to Success
Guided Pathways is a nationwide community college initiative intended to improve retention and graduation rates by equipping staff and faculty with essential tools that will positively effect student goals. Learn how Northampton Community College (NCC) has become one of Pennsylvania’s leading colleges by instituting a transparent and achievable Guided Pathway plan.
Andre Richburg, Northampton Community College (PA)
Challenging Your Lens: Diversity Training for Admissions Readers
Admission readers are tasked with the important responsibility of evaluating applicants cognizant of a student's context. To do the job well, admission readers need to constantly examine their unconscious bias and their understanding of applicants’ cultural, social, economic, and national experiences. Gain strategies and models to train admission readers to better understand the context and complexities of diverse applicants.
Olufemi Ogundele, University of California, Berkeley
Ashley Pallie, Pomona College (CA)
Calvin Wise III, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Here to Stay: Working Together to Serve Undocumented Students
Fewer than half of undocumented young adults ages 18-24 with a high school degree have attended any college and fewer than 10 percent will enroll in college immediately upon graduation from high school. How do we share the dream of higher education with these students? How do we direct undocumented students on the path to a college degree and beyond? Join a veteran college admission counseling professional and a young activist to understand who they are, the struggle they face, and the higher education opportunities available to them. Engage in this candid, challenging, and hopeful discussion to learn more about identifying these students, employing best practices for serving them, connecting with networks of support, and how to navigate the current legislative landscape and national dialogue.
Ann Marano, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School (TX)
Emma Chalott Barron, North Texas Dream Team
Creating a Culture of Autonomy, Confidence, and College Access Through Strategic School District Partnerships
Restoring trust, community buy-in, and college access created a challenge for a public institution after its successful efforts to increase its national recognition and competitiveness overlooked some demographic groups and communities. The institution took on the challenge head on through an initiative that utilizes rising high school seniors as peer mentors to increase college access while restoring trust within the public high school system and communities. Learn more about how this peer-to-peer coaching program model has resulted in increasing students’ sense of agency in their navigation of postsecondary pathways, restoring trust within the local community, and redefining undergraduate admission recruitment strategies for Generation Z.
DeRocco Lynch, University of Cincinnati (OH)
Delonte J. LeFlore, University of Cincinnati (OH)
Carver Ealy, The Ohio State University
Shifting Gears: Successfully Facilitating and Developing Transitional Leadership
Leadership transition is common and finding the best candidates for positions in your institution is only the first step. Ensuring the successful onboarding of the new employee is one of the most critical factors in ensuring a productive transition. Learn more about the creation, recruitment, and development strategy for the associate director of access and diversity position at Johns Hopkins University (MD). Discover best practices on how to effectively support and develop transitional leaders and hear from colleagues on the challenges and successes faced when supporting leadership transitions.
Caludia Hernandez-Ponce, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
Calvin Wise III, Johns Hopkins University (MD)
Institutional Forces at Play: What Undermines College Access?
It has been more than a decade since the popular college admission book, The Price of Admissions, was published. In a sensational line on Amazon.com, the author “exposes the corrupt admissions practices that favor the wealthy, the powerful, and the famous.” In the time since the book’s publication, college access for underserved students has become a hot topic in college admissions circles. But the question remains: do the elite, highly-educated, and affluent have a leg up in the admission process compared to their lower-income peers? Examine the institutional goals that tend to erode college access: recruited athletics, legacy admission, prospective and current donors, and Early Decision programs. How do these college priorities compress space and push out high-achieving, low-income first-generation students? Can anything be done? Engage in a lively and real conversation about institutional practices, solutions, and organizational change.
Andrew Moe, Swarthmore College (PA)
Kaila Brown, Vanderbilt University (TN)
Nicole Molina, University of Southern California
Engaged: Bringing Current Students into the World of Diversity Recruitment
BoilerTracks and S.M.A.R.T. are student organizations that assist Purdue University-West Lafayette (IN) and Penn State University in recruiting students from diverse backgrounds. They play a pivotal role in the admission recruitment process as they allow prospective students of color to see students who look like them at open houses, high school visits, and shadowing events. Join the discussion about recruiting, training, mobilizing, and activating current diverse students to help recruit prospective students, and tackle nitty gritty topics like budgeting, campus collaborations, and sharing resources.
Ja'Niah Downing, Purdue University (IN)
Tony Moore, The Pennsylvania State University
PLENARY SESSION 2
3 p.m. – 4 p.m
As a way to spotlight NACAC’s 31 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), this year we will hold a SIG Fair — providing attendees an opportunity to network and learn more about the valuable information these specialty member segments have to offer. The groups include: Public School Counselors, Women’s Colleges, Student Athletes, LGBTQ/Allies and many more. Join NACAC staff and SIG Leaders in an information session to explore how to become more involved in one or more SIGs, or how to start a group of your own. NACAC SIGs continue to expand by offering diverse and inclusive interest areas that will continue to develop and broaden the association’s membership base.
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