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PLENARY 4
11 a.m. ET – 12 p.m. ET

Getting Out of Our Own Way: How Our Identities and Biases Affect Our Work
Understand how bias consciously and unconsciously plays a role in our daily work as counselors and application evaluators and how we can actively work toward creating a more inclusive admission process despite our own biases. Share strategies for unpacking our own biases and that can be used to identify bias in our offices and on campus.
Christopher Miller, Sandy Spring Friends School (MD)
Emmi Harward, ACCIS (CA)

LUNCH
12 p.m. ET – 12:45 p.m. ET

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
12:45 p.m. ET – 1:45 p.m. ET

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3
2 p.m. ET – 2:45 p.m. ET

Advocating for LGBTQ+ Students: A Rainbow of (50+) Practical Resources
We solemnly swear not to bore you with long intros, spend 20 minutes setting the stage, or explain basic knowledge. Instead, get practical tips and resources you can use right away that address a wide range of issues, including: Should students come out in their college essay? If so, how? How do you create inclusive representations in your office? How and why is it important to create intentional space for queer students of color? And, how can you empower yourself to advocate and learn every day?
Yanadira Mendez-Magana, Uplift Education (TX)
Ethan Sawyer, The College Essay Guy (CA)

Transforming Partnerships at a PWI: Black, Hispanic, and Tribal Initiatives
Virginia Tech’s strategic partnerships with a local nonprofit, campus stakeholders, and tribal communities have increased access to hundreds of students from underrepresented communities through two summer programs, The Black College Institute and the Hispanic College Institute. Maximizing outreach and engagement with Tribal communities through advocacy and scholarship also builds trust and alliances with current and prospective students. Efforts in all three communities focus on not only engaging students but also their families throughout the college application process.
Luisa Burgos, Virginia Tech
Dannette Gomez Beane, Virginia Tech
Mae Hey, Virginia Tech

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