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2018 Conference Schedule

Main Conference welcome will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 6. Pre-conference activities will be held June 5-6.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Coming Together Conference - Session 3: Discussions

 

REPRESENTING OUTCOMES & RESULTS: THE CBO DILEMMA
Location:    Music Building, 3203 (#31)

The Postsecondary Research for Impact on Community & Equity Group (PRICE) presents the challenging process of analyzing and presenting college enrollment, persistence and graduation data for an external audience. The PRICE group is made up of NYC-based nonprofits: Goddard Options, New Settlement, Cypress Hills, Bottom Line and Outward Bound.

Presenters:   Emily Task, Director of Counseling, Goddard Riverside Options Center
                       Julia Forman, Alumni Manager, To and Through College, NYC Outward Bound
                       Jessica  Sasko, Director of College Support, NYC Outward Bound

 

SUPPORTING QUEER AND TRANS YOUTH IN THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
Location:    Student Center, Nelly Goletti Theatre (#31)

We are queer and trans-identified educators wanting to facilitate a discussion about supporting queer and transgender youth in the college application process. This discussion will focus on examining how cis-heteronormativity impacts us all. If you feel you do not know much about this, please come. This is for you.

Presenters:   Lenni Yesner, Director, College Transfer Office, Bard High School Early College Queens
                       Maria Monica Andia, Supervisor of College Services, The Door-A Center for Alternatives

 

MICROAGGRESSIONS & APPROACHES TO SELF CARE
Location:    Student Center, 3101 (#31)

Microaggressions are verbal or behavioral slights that members of underrepresented populations must deal with on a near-daily basis. This presentation will operationally define microaggressions, explain how they invalidate professionals in Admissions, High School Counseling and Community Based Organizations and give you approaches to combat negativity with self-care.

Presenter:   Sophie Howard, Assistant Director of Admissions, Trinity College

 

HOW TO GRADUATE WITH MORE THAN JUST A DEGREE
Location:    Music Building, 3202 (#31)

The discussion will revolve around how to show students that they can extract skills, grow their network, and gain social capital by participating in mentoring, extracurricular activities, volunteering, internships, and classes. This session will include some lecturing but also group activities that require your engagement! The presenters will bring both Access and Success perspectives to the discussion

Presenters:   Jessica Lopez, Success Counselor, Bottom Line
                       Ashlea Hitchcock-Francis, Program Manager, Governor's Committee on Scholastic

 

MOCK ADMISSIONS EXERCISE
Location:    Student Center, 3102/3103 (#31)

Become a member of the admissions committee for a moment. What would you do if only one applicant can be admitted and the other two must be denied or waitlisted? This session will require active discussion and group participation. For new counselors or those that want to refresh.

Presenters:   Erica Padilla, Director of NYC Engagement, Utica College
                       Amanda Wulle, Assistant Director, Utica College

 

PARTNERING TO ASSIST STUDENTS WITH OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM ADMISSION
Location:    Student Center, 3104/3105 (#31)

Opportunity programs offer financially disadvantaged students the ability to attend college while providing academic and financial support. However, the application process for these programs is extremely complicated. This session would focus on how high school counselors and college admission representatives can work together guiding students through these admission processes.

Presenters:   Ike Uche, Assistant Director of Admission, Fordham University 
                       Rocco Rosselli, College Counselor, Harlem Village Academies 
                       Aaron Ray, Assistant Director of HEOP, Skidmore College

 

WHEN ACADEMIC RIGOR ISN’T ENOUGH: DEVELOPING SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND MINDSETS AMONG FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS
Location:    Music Building, 3201 (#31)

Join us as we take a deep dive discussing perspectives from across the CAS community on developing the non-cognitive skills that will help students persist at predominantly white institutions. This session will highlight how both Uncommon Charter High School and OneGoal bridge the gap.

Presenters:   Craig Weiner, Director of Post-Secondary Partnerships, OneGoal
                       Rasha Kaplan, Director of School Partnerships, OneGoal
                       Beverly J. Santos, Associate Director of College Completion, Uncommon Charter High School

 

THE PERSONAL STATEMENT: CRACKING THE CODE WITH ... A RUBRIC?
Location:    Student Center, Cabaret (#31)

Personal statement = gatekeeper. We created a rubric using our best personal statements and using feedback from college admissions officers. We'll share all of our tools - look at exemplars, score them on the rubric, then talk about how we actually coach kids through the process.

Presenters:   Amy Christie, Senior Director, College Access and Success, Achievement First Public Charter Schools
                       Emery Sykes, Dean of College, Achievement First Amistad High School (New Haven, CT) 
                       Shana Robinson, College Counselor, Achievement First University Prep (Brooklyn, NY)

 

INCLUSIVE POLICIES AND PRACTICES FOR THE FORGOTTEN
Location:    Music Building, 4001 (#31)

This session offers the opportunity for higher education professionals to discuss and brainstorm admission, financial aid, and retention policies and practices that support populations of students most overlooked, including refugees, homeless, displaced students, and pending legal status.

Presenters:   Nicole Williams, Assistant Director of Admission for Transfer Students, Merrimack College
                       Dauri Torres, Assistant Director of Admission, Merrimack College

 

LATINX WHAT! BEST PRACTICES WHEN WORKING WITH THE LATINX COMMUNITY
Location: Music Building 3204

This session will address intersectionality in the Latinx community and the complexities behind categorization, socioeconomic disparities, and privilege. Presenters will facilitate a group discussion to develop best practices within the counseling community.

Presenters:   Karen Vargas, Associate Dean of Admissions, Wake Forest University
                       Celeste Suris-Rosselli Esq., Senior Assistant Director, New York University