Tuesday Sessions

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

The Long-Term Implications of the “Varsity Blues” Scandal
In March 2019, the Department of Justice’s announcement of indictments against dozens of wealthy, well-known parents for their role in the “Varsity Blues” bribing and cheating scandal sparked widespread outrage and concern. As coverage wore on, much of the discussion turned to the effects of wealth and privilege in college admission in general, which covers familiar ground for those in the college admission counseling profession. While the questions raised during this extended discussion were not new, the “Varsity Blues” scandal could act as a catalyst for changes in college access and admission, including (but not limited to) new state or federal regulations, proposals to end practices perceived as perpetuating the effect of privilege in the college transition, and a new ways to speak to students and families about the full spectrum of the college admission process. This session will provide an overview of NACAC’s response to the scandal, a summary of regulatory and other proposals resulting from the scandal, and an opportunity for participants to share thoughts with NACAC’s president and NACAC staff on new ways to address persistent challenges in college access.
Stefanie D. Niles, Ohio Wesleyan University, NACAC President
David Hawkins, NACAC (VA)

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Let's Talk About Mental Health in Minority Student Populations
Help expand the conversation on mental health in minority populations. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), minorities are more likely to have persistent and long-lasting mental illness compared to their white counterparts. Learn to identify social structures that amplify the effects of mental illness; gain awareness on how to identify minority students who may be struggling with mental illness; and share resources relevant to underrepresented student populations.
Kariny Contreras-Nunez, Purdue University (IN)
Khala Granville, Indiana University

10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

EMERGE College Trips: Exposing High-Performing Students from Low-Income Communities to Selective Colleges
Traveling for campus visits is reportedly one of the largest barriers faced by low-income applicants. EMERGE, a community-based organization that works with this student population in Houston-area school districts, has invested in creating week-long summer college trip experiences as part of its curricular developmental model. EMERGE believes that through increased exposure, students are more likely to aspire toward applying and matriculating to selective colleges. Through these experiential learning opportunities, students can see themselves at a selective college. Explore the EMERGE model for selective college trip experiences and hear suggestions for how colleges and universities can support this access effort.
Felicia Martin, EMERGE (TX)
Mikayla Brennan-Burke, Colgate University (NY)

Negotiating Your Professional Future as a Person of Color
As you consider your journey in the profession, are you making the right decisions, asking the right questions, doing a deeper investigation of what really lies ahead? Is it all about the money, the title, or the longevity? Are you getting bogged down or tired of where you are and feel it is time to move? Is the grass always greener on the other side? Get tips on how to negotiate your professional future as you grow and move in the profession.
Beverly Woodson Day, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Beverly Henry Wheeler, Hendrix College (AR)

Harvard Cited Weaker Rec Letters for Asian-American Applicants: Now What?
The Wall Street Journal reported that Harvard's admission dean testified that weaker teacher and school counselor recommendations are among the reasons Asian-American applicants as a group score lower than white applicants in the personal rating portion of the school's admission process. But how much of the issue is implicit bias on the part of the recommendation letter writers and/or the application readers? Learn how to recognize the impact of implicit bias as it affects the way we read and write letters of recommendation.
Alyson Tom, Castilleja School (CA)
Christine Loo, The Stony Brook School (NY)

Deviating from the Standard: Removing Barriers for Underrepresented Students in STEM
Although participation by minorities in higher education has increased, the gap in access and graduation in the STEM fields is growing between students of color and their white counterparts. Researchers have identified barriers like institutional leadership, peer support, faculty engagement, and campus climate as factors that deter access and success among students of color in STEM. Find out what can be done to shrink the gap.
Aimee Huffstetler, University of Louisville (KY)

Guided Pathways: Community College Route to Success
Community colleges nationwide have experienced abysmal retention and graduation rates. 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. Discover on-campus programming that can improve students' outlook on advising, career exploration, and program commitment.
Andre Richburg (PA)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
The days of staying at one institution for the bulk or entirety of one's career is rare in the current employment landscape. The benefactors of such longevity primarily have been, and continue to be, white men. Examine the realities, challenges, and benefits of staying at one institution and making strategic moves within one's career and within the context of the current state of college admission.
Suzi Nam, The Lenfest Scholars Foundation (PA)
Vern Granger, University of Connecticut
Art Rodriguez, Vassar College (NY)
Tamara Siler, Rice University (TX)
Adele Brumfield, University of California-San Diego

Just Do It—The Importance of Black Male Leadership in Higher Education and College Access
The US Census Bureau reported that only 17% of black males in the United States earned a bachelor's degree compared to 30% of all males. Additionally, 35% of black males who finish high school do not pursue higher education compared to 20% of all men. The statistics may show that black males are at a disadvantage, however, there is a different story that is not being told. We will challenge the status quo regarding successful black male's growth and development in higher education and college access organizations. We will examine the importance of mentorship from other black male role models in similar professional roles and the importance of learning and developing new tasks that have impact on your black male identity.
Donnell W. Wiggins, University of Dayton (OH)
Marion Meadows, I Know I Can (OH)

Let's Get Together and Feel Alright: High School and College Partnerships to Promote Access
High school counselors and college admission representatives have the same goal: supporting students in the college process and increasing college access and inclusion. However, most of the time we approach this goal separately. Finding ways to work together will better serve students and families. Hear survey results on how high school counselors and college admission representatives spend their work day and how they see these collaborations impacting their work. Explore a model for approaching partnerships between high school counselors and college admission representatives. Share experiences and ideas, and brainstorm how you can turn them into practice.
Beth Gilfillan, Bowling Green State University

I'm Still First-Gen: Ongoing Challenges, Triumphs, and Lessons of Being a First-Generation Professional
Once first generation in the classroom and campus spaces, now first generation in secondary and higher education work spaces. In the transition from student to employee, how have our identities impacted our navigation in career spaces? Explore lived experiences as first-generation professionals on topics such as support, community building, professional development, and personal development. Share your perspective on what advice worked or didn't. Where did you find your support in college? Where do you find your support now? Are they the same or different? Does the support need to look similar or is it different? Are there any reading materials that you've found helpful? Share your experience.
Nicole Williams, Merrimack College (MA)
Jamiere N. Abney, Colgate University (NY)
Cristina Usino, Lafayette College (PA)

Collective Recruiting: Making Recruitment Everyone's Job
With recruitment resources and funds continually becoming more limited, it is important to utilize every resource available. Leveraging campus partners and community-based organizations who share similar goals is a promising way to meet recruitment and enrollment goals. Learn some of the different methods and programs Oregon State University is using to cultivate and foster relationships with campus partners and community-based organizations, as well as some of the challenges they faced along the way. Explore how your institution can better utilize partnerships across campus and hear from other institutions on how they have implemented similar initiatives and programming to expand multicultural recruitment efforts.
Heather Wofford, Oregon State University

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Managing an Enrollment Management Crisis: How One Institution Responded to a Campus Incident of Bias
When a Snapchat video goes viral and exposes an incident of bias days before an overnight yield event for underrepresented students, how do you react? What happens when your event relies on current students to host prospective students on-campus and the university response to the incident is seen as insufficient? With the current political climate and an increased number of incidents of bias being reported across the US, are you prepared to navigate and coordinate a university-wide response through the lens of enrollment management? Participate in a case study and learn how a large, predominantly white research institution managed an on-campus incident and the outcome. Learn how to develop a plan to respond to an incident of bias, identify campus stakeholders and partners to create a university-wide response, and how to align your response with your university's mission and strategic goals.
Kayla St. Clair, Virginia Tech

Taking a Holistic Approach to the Recruitment, Yield, and Retention of Underrepresented Students
Through targeted outreach including visits, programming, and the use of student interns, Diversity Enrichment Programs (DEP), a department within the University of Oklahoma's Admissions and Recruitment office, utilizes a holistic approach to reach underrepresented students. Explore DEP's recruitment model, including programming, communications, and office structure, and see how it could be implemented at other universities in their work with underrepresented populations.
Trey Moore, University of Oklahoma

#FIUStrong: Student Success After a Disaster
During the 2017-18 school year, Hurricane Harvey flooded parts of Texas; Irma had the entire state of Florida on alert; Maria tore through Caribbean islands and left places like Puerto Rico in ruins. In the span of a week, Florida International University became a hub to nearly 300 college students evacuating the devastation left behind by Hurricane Maria. There is no manual for how to recruit and retain students when disaster strikes your campus. Hear how FIU served its community of faculty, staff, and students and evacuees and launched the #FIUStrong project.
Jody Glassman, Florida International University
Bridgette Cram, Florida International University

I Feel Like Grit!
GRIT is the science of what it takes to persevere, flourish, and succeed. It is courage and resolve and strength of character. Our students need GRIT in order to navigate the higher education maze, but so do we as practitioners. Our emotional and mental health is extremely important in order for us to be able to operate properly in every area of our lives. This presentation will give insight to the GRIT Theory as it pertains to our students and encourage attendees to look deep within themselves by taking a transparent journey with the presenter as she shares how her GRIT saved her life and how it could possibly save theirs.
Mosadi Porter, Lone Star College (TX)

Supporting Survivors: Admissions in the #MeToo Movement
Are you supportive, but unfamiliar with the #MeToo movement? Are you looking to strengthen your skills in working with and supporting survivors through the admission process? Do you stumble when needing to talk about sexual violence on college campuses?

Learn about the history of the #MeToo movement, its relation to admission work, and how to have difficult (but productive) conversations with students and parents about sexual violence on college campuses. Learn about specific needs that survivors may have throughout the application process, and come away with a toolkit of resources for supporting survivors and practicing self-care. Nobody has to do everything, but everyone has to do something: Discover how you can use your role in admission, counseling, and consulting to support survivors.
Kaelie Lund, Carleton College (MN)

The U.S. Census Bureau reported that only 17% of black males in the United States earned a bachelor’s degree compared to 30% of all males. Additionally, 35% of black males who finish high school do not pursue higher education compared to 20% of all men. The statistics may show that black males are at a disadvantage, however, there is a different story that is not being told. This presentation/discussion will challenge the status quo regarding successful black male’s growth and development in higher education and college access organizations. Attendees will discuss the following: (1) the importance of mentor ship from other black male role models in the position that you are pursuing. (2) The presentation will outline the importance of learning and developing new tasks that have impact on your black male identity. 

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