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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

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Coming Together Conference - Session 2

 

POWER & PRIVILEGE IN THE WORLD OF COLLEGE ADMISSION
Location:    Music Building, 3201 (#31)

Education should provide equal opportunity, but too often, power and privilege dynamics create inequities. This session will examine parts of the process that highlight our differences, discuss how institutions perpetuate power and privilege and allow participants to reflect on how their own power and privilege dynamics impact their work.

Presenters:   Eliza Etter, Senior Assistant Director, University of Vermont
                       Courtney Kipp, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions, Northeastern University
                       Jami Silver, Director of College Advising, Kingswood Oxford School
                       Robyn G. Phillips, College Access Manager, The Urban Assembly

 

THE ADVOCACY PIPELINE BETWEEN ADMISSIONS, HIGH SCHOOLS, & CBOs
Location:    Student Center, 3102/3103 (#31)

Diving deeply into what true advocacy looks like from each constituent (admissions counselor, high school counselor, and CBO), and how can all three parties work together to effectively advocate for the access and success of their students to best-fit schools while balancing institutional goals.

Presenters:   Tarik Cristen, Admissions Counselor, University of Rochester
                       Beverly Santos, Associate Director of College Completion, Uncommon Charter High School
                       Emmanuel Moses, Senior Manager of College Guidance, The Opportunity Network, Inc.

 

MOVING COLLEGE ACCESS OUT OF THE COLLEGE OFFICE
Location:    Student Center, 3104/3105 (#31)

College access work is often siloed with college & guidance counselors shouldering the work with students in isolation. This session will explore how to expand postsecondary planning outside the college office and how to build the capacity of all stakeholders to lead and support students towards success.

Presenters:   Marisa Castillo, College and Career Planning Manager, New York City Department of Education
                       Fiona Mulcahy, College and Career Planning Manager, New York City Department of Education

 

USING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING TO MAXIMIZE STUDENT POST-SECONDARY OUTCOMES
Location:    Music Building, 3203 (#31)

Social Emotional Learning refers to the process by which people develop the skills, attitudes, and values that facilitate effective interactions with themselves and others. These competencies, like self-awareness (understanding one’s needs and emotions, being able to access external supports) are instrumental to high school and college persistence.

Presenters:   David Adams, Director of Social Emotional Learning, The Urban Assembly
                       Ellen M. Connors, Program Manager of Social and Emotional Learning, The Urban Assembly

 

ART SCHOOL ADMISSIONS
Location:    Music Building, 3202 (#31)

Admissions reps from New England art schools will demystify the art school application process for counselors. What is a portfolio? How can a high school counselor with no art background help art students navigate the process?

Presenters:   Thomas Duncan, Assistant Director of Admissions, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
                       Katie Gross, Assistant Director of Admissions, Parsons School of Design
                       Jonathan Lindsay, VP of Enrollment, New Hampshire Institute of Art
                       Jon Rudnicki, Associate Director of Admissions, Maine College of Art
                       Andrew Stearns, Admissions Counselor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

 

COLLEGE TOUR OR COLLEGE BORE? RE-IMAGINING THE CAMPUS VISIT FOR LOW INCOME AND/OR STUDENTS OF COLOR.
Location:    Student Center, 3101 (#31)

College tours are dynamic recruitment tools. However, simple changes can maximize the impact of campus visits for students from low-income backgrounds and for students of color. This presentation will provide suggestions from all sides of the desk to transform campus visits and connect diverse students to the college.

Presenters:   Aaron Ray, Assistant Director-Opportunity Programs, Skidmore College
                       Xavier McKenzie, Assistant Dean of Admissions, Union College
                      Adeola Alexander, Ph.D., 11th and 12th Grade Counselor, The Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School
                      Marissa Disla, College Success Coach | Groundwork for Success, Good Shepherd Services

 

TRAUMA PORN ESSAYS—ETHICS, ACCESS & RETENTION FOR STUDENTS OF COLOR
Location:    Student Center, Cabaret (#31)

When the majority of  student  of color application essays are filled with trauma, how do we honor the sanctity of this information shared while asking ourselves larger questions about this trend? The commodification of trauma and its impacts on access, inclusion, and retention will be examined and discussed.

Presenters:   Czarina Hutchins, Admission Counselor, Providence College
                       Cristina Usino, Assistant Director of Admissions, Lafayette College

 

CALL ME, MAYBE? USING YOUR COUNTERPART TO MAXIMIZE YOUR COUNSELING
Location:    Music Building, 3204 (#31)

School counselors, CBO advisors, and admissions counselors are vital resources for each other. Learn how counselor calls can help admissions counselors hear advocacy about hard-to-read students and can help you monitor applications, gain context about changing applicant pools, learn likely decisions, and provide better counseling to next year’s applicants.

Presenters:   Rhiannon Pabich, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Northeastern University
                       Nils Leitz, Admissions Counselor, Northeastern University

 

HOW EARLY IS TOO EARLY? PROMOTING EARLY CAREER DEVELOPMENT TO INCREASE STUDENT EMPLOYABILITY
Location:    Music Building Music Building, 4001 (#31)

Participants will learn the importance of starting career readiness with students from their 1st year of college. We will utilize Bottom Line data to show the correlation between Bottom Line's model and student outcomes. We will share the best practices that can be used by other organizations.

Presenters:   Jonelle Gulston, Success Team Manager, Bottom Line
                       Qua-Asia Fawcett, Career Team Manager, Bottom Line

 

CONFRONTING BIAS: HELPING STUDENTS OF COLOR SURVIVE AT PWIs (PREDOMINANTLY WHITE INSTITUTIONS)
Location:    Student Center, Nelly Goletti Theatre (#31)

Students matriculating into higher education from socio-economic/racial backgrounds not frequently represented struggle with the transition. Many are unprepared to tackle acclimating to college while combating microaggressions and negotiating their “difference.” Participants will be equipped with strategies, resources, and conversation-starters to prepare students for what they will encounter on-campus.
 
Presenters:   Briana Avery, Director of College Counseling, Brooklyn Preparatory High School/Young Women’s Leadership Network
                       Jerome Furman, Director of College Counseling, East Side Community High School/Young Women’s Leadership Network