IACAC
SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

LIVE Sessions: April 21-22, 2021

Recorded Sessions: Available until December 31, 2021

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Special Interest Groups

8:25 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Office Chair Yoga

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Opening Keynote Session

Identity Leadership

Stedman Graham

S. Graham & Associates

 

SPEAKER BIO: Stedman Graham is a bestselling author, leadership development expert, entrepreneur, and chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates (SGA), a management and marketing consulting company that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. As a businessman, educator, and speaker, he presents, consults, and conducts training with corporations, organizations, and nonprofits on the topics of identity development, maximizing leadership, achieving success, and personal and professional branding.

Graham has authored eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers. His latest release, Identity Leadership provides insights on becoming a passionate, purposeful, and meaningful leader through identifying who you are, your desires, and your abilities.

Graham is a current adjunct professor for several universities around the country. Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University. He received a master’s degree in Education from Ball State University and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Stedman as he presents Identity Leadership. Participants will learn the principles of Identity Leadership through The Nine Step Success Process®. The Identity Leadership program is based on the philosophy that individuals hold the power to their success or failure.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – A Sessions

A Look Back & Forward at Students’ Hopes, Fears & RESILIENCE During COVID

Robert Franek

The Princeton Review

Co-Presenter:
Eliza Freedman, Evanston Township High School

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

We’re believers! College is that glorious runway to success for so many of our students. BUT, factor in a global pandemic and students can get tripped up by fear, stress, and anxiety. We’ll look-back and ahead via our data sets to supply 20-years of metrics from students and parents. We’ll deep dive into the motivations of resilience from those same students in our COVID times and poke at the reasons for such student aplomb.

Chicagoland CareerPathways

January Miller

Embarc

Co-Presenters:
David Bennet, UtmostU
Frank Miller, Embarc

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year

 

What if a four-year college is not right or not right now? Chicagoland CareerPathways, a free and searchable online directory, was created to address the lack of resources available to young people and their guides looking for progressive post-secondary pathways that require an Associate’s Degree or less as an on-ramp to a career. Learn how a large cross-sector collaboration aims to close the information and access gap in this interactive session.

Identity Leadership Follow Up

Stedman Graham

S. Graham & Associates

Co-Presenter:
Donna Epton

 

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

SPEAKER BIO: Stedman Graham is a bestselling author, leadership development expert, entrepreneur, and chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates (SGA), a management and marketing consulting company that specializes in the corporate and educational markets. As a businessman, educator, and speaker, he presents, consults, and conducts training with corporations, organizations, and nonprofits on the topics of identity development, maximizing leadership, achieving success, and personal and professional branding.

Graham has authored eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers. His latest release, Identity Leadership provides insights on becoming a passionate, purposeful, and meaningful leader through identifying who you are, your desires, and your abilities.

Graham is a current adjunct professor for several universities around the country. Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University. He received a master’s degree in Education from Ball State University and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Building on the keynote message, join Stedman Graham in a more intimate session as he continues the conversation of Identity Leadership and how the program and its values can best serve you in your personal and professional lives.

Our Kids are Gifted – Promoting Cultural Wealth Among Students of Color

Kadeem Fuller

Noble Charter Schools

Co-Presenter:
Myriam Duran, Noble Charter Schools

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Every year, students of color enter universities excited at the opportunity of being college students. Oftentimes, those positive feelings are turned into feeling of inadequacy which allows imposter syndrome to set in. However, by encouraging students to remember the gifts they bring to their campuses from their communities; they can be successful. This presentation will detail how the Cultural Wealth Theory can be used to support students.

Virtual Visit: Here to Stay

Jennifer Tanner

Saint Louis University

Co-Presenters:
Jamie Staggs, The University of Memphis
Kevin Coy, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Audience: Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

COVID-19 dramatically shifted our recruitment schedule to an entirely virtual environment. Now that there is a possibility of returning to travel, is there still a place for virtual visits? The answer is YES! This session will discuss tips for an engaging virtual high school visit as well as ways the virtual visit can complement typical travel. We will also explore other types of virtual experiences that help build relationships with students.

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Lunch, IACAC Reads and 1st Timers

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – B Sessions

A Pro”fresh”ionals Roundtable

Scott Hillman

University of Oklahoma

Co-Presenters:
Rosa (Reiber) Glombicki, Marquette University
Christian Brown, Augustana College

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

For those that are new to the college admissions counseling profession, navigating the field can be a daunting experience. Presented by the First Timers Committee, this session is geared towards newer professionals with 2 years or less experience. Come meet other newer professionals and get some tips of the trade to gear you up for success. By sharing what we have seen, we hope you can create a clear vision for navigating your career.

Connecting through Online Modality

Andrew Amador

St. Augustine College

Co-Presenters:
Robert Olivieri, University of Maryland
Kita Edwards, Western Illinois University

Audience: Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Online Modality has changed the way we interact, work, and advertise. What can we do to adapt, impact, and change for the better?

ISAC’s Support for Schools through the FAFSA Mandate

Kalene Heaton

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Co-Presenter:
Meghan Chrum, Illinois Student Assistance Commission

 

Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, Illinois public high school students must complete a FAFSA or, if eligible, an Alternative Application as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma. This session will provide an overview of Public Act 101-180, otherwise known as the FAFSA mandate, and will focus on the ISAC resources available to support schools through this new requirement.

Join Us this Summer at the Middle Management Institute (MMI) 2021!

Ashley Brown

University of Vermont

Co-Presenters:
Annabelle Vinson, University of Iowa
Nick Sanders, Parkland College

Audience: Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Do you feel that you need some direction on how to get the next level professionally at your institution? Are you in need of some preparation to help refine or discover your leadership skills? If these questions resonated with you, then I would encourage you to attend Middle Management Institute (MMI) presentation to learn about the great professional development opportunity that MMI has provided to hundreds of professionals just like you.

Work Hard, Play Hard: Balance

Sarah Schwartz

Prairie Ridge High School

Co-Presenters:
Anne Nemshick, Prairie Ridge HS
Missy Berg, Prairie Ridge HS

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Regardless of your current position and whether you believe it or not, you have the ability to affect positive change in your workplace. Learn the why and how in an “outside the box session” aimed at improving your happiness. if you just rolled your eyes, this session is especially for you.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – C Sessions

Beam Me to Campus Scotty!

Jim Stamatakos

Marian Central Catholic High School

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – four year

 

Students with “college wanderlust” may find that visiting colleges more than six hours away is more difficult (and costly) than they initially thought. While photo tours and virtual tours of college campuses on college websites are helpful, they can’t replace the experience of seeing the campus first hand and speaking with a live tour guide. Jim will discuss how he partners with colleges to provide FaceTime Tours to prospective students.

Ethics In Admissions

Shawn Wochner

Co-Presenters:
Andy Borst, University of Illinois
David Boyle, Glenbrook North High School

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

As the landscape of ethical practices in the college process have changed, the Illinois ACAC Admission Practices Committee will review how we got to where we are today and discuss how we will be moving forward as champions for the best practices set forth in the Guide to Ethical Practice in College Admissions.

First Gen Lessons: To, Through, and Beyond College

Cody Dailey

How to College: First Gen

Co-Presenters:
Daniel Gonzalez, How to College: First Gen
Mijin Han, How to College: First Gen

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

This session explores the challenges first generation college students face and lessons learned via narrative-based podcasting. Our podcast gives a voice to high schoolers taking their first steps towards the college journey, college students navigating uncharted waters, college grads reflecting on their journey, tackling grad school, and the “real world”, and parents who may feel left out of these conversations.

New Admissions Counselors Hired During the Pandemic Need Road Buddies, Too!

Sarah Gibson

Western Illinois University

Co-Presenter:
Kate Romanaggi, Western Illinois University

Audience: Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

The Admissions world can be overwhelming for a new Admissions Counselor in a typical year, let alone during a pandemic where most “regular” practices are thrown out! Let’s band together as newbies to acknowledge our struggles, reveal the positives, and to find the “road buddies” that we haven’t been given the chance to meet! We will share tools and resources that have helped us, and group share ways we have grown as professionals this year.

Transfer College Night

Lauren Yates

Ottawa Township High School

Co-Presenters:
Aseret Loveland, Illinois Valley Community College
Morgan Johnson, Illinois State University

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

How can community colleges and high school counselors better support transfer-bound students? This presentation focuses on how high school counselors and admissions representatives can collaborate to help students learn more about the transition from local community college to Illinois state universities both in person or virtually. Come learn how you can improve or promote transferability starting at the high school level!

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Inclusion, Access and Success Town Hall and Allyship Panel

Inclusion Access & Success Town Hall and Allyship Panel

Marcus Campbell

Evanston Township High School

Co-Presenters:
Roger Moreano, Carthage College
April Greer, DePaul College Prep

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Join us for the Inclusion, Access & Success Town Hall and Allyship Panel! Being an Ally is the way you unite with your students. The Allyship Panel consists of three student-facing voices who will share their best practices for improving our role as allies for underserved students.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Project Reach Fundraiser with Virtual Tastings

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Special Interest Groups

8:25 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. – Office Chair Yoga

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – D Sessions

A Holistic Approach to Supporting High School Athletes in College Placement

Caroline Zadina

St. Ignatius College Prep & WTA

Co-Presenters:
Marita Decker, FutureCourse Education Consulting
Susan Weiss, Saint Ignatius College Prep

Audience: Secondary

 

This presentation will help you align with your athlete-minded students—share in their experience of selecting a college that meets their goals and dreams. With practical, research informed strategies and skills, this session will help you work with your students to navigate the recruiting process, stay prepared for college visits, ask the right questions, and prioritize options to meet their academic, athletic, and personal goals.

Co-Authoring Black Student Stories

Tikia Travis

UIC Business

Co-Presenter:
Keena Griffin, University of Illinois

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

This presentation is created to inform young Higher-Ed professionals on creative and effective methods to engage with black students and identify the unique issues they face, all while helping to foster their development and empower the student’s autonomy as they prepare for futures beyond secondary education, including traditional and nontraditional pathways to a 4 year degree.

Holistic Admissions in a Pandemic

Andy Borst

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Co-Presenters:
DeVone Eurales, Knox College
Liz Kinsley, Northwestern University

Audience: Secondary

 

Admission directors at three universities in Illinois will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on holistic admissions at their institutions. Each director will reflect on the past year and identify how a rapidly changing landscape impacted who applied, who was admitted, and the approach taken at their institutions to both mitigate challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.

**This session will NOT be recorded.**

Just the Facts by Factuality

Natalie Gillard

Factuality

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Just the FACTS by FACTUALITY is a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and virtual interactive experience that simulates real life experiences in America. It is played with a rich group of diverse characters that encounter a series of fact based advantages and limitations based on the intersection of their race, class, gender, sexual orientation, faith, and age.

Self-Care and Mindfulness

April Lynch

Syracuse University

Co-Presenter:
Derek Brinkley, Columbia College Chicago

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

How many of us know what self-care is? On top of that how do we learn to both take care of ourselves and advocate to our employers for that self-care? Join us as we begin learning about self-care, methods, and advocating for yourself.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – E Sessions

Best Practices to Support Undocumented Students

Melanny Buitron

TheDream.US

Co-Presenter:
Ireri Rivas MIer Y Tiran, TheDream.US

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

There are thousands of undocumented students enrolled in college who face economic, social, and emotional challenges that threaten to unhinge their college and career success. Join TheDream.US and a panel of experts to learn effective, evidence-based practices.

Building a Foundation: Community College Roundtable

Zoe Kudla-Polay

Carl Sandburg College

Co-Presenters:
Kristin Smigielski, Parkland College
Aseret Loveland, Illinois Valley Community College

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Community Colleges present a unique blend of opportunities and challenges. For many students, this is their last stop while others are pursuing a transfer to a four-year college or university. In this roundtable session, we will have an open, interactive discussion about the role community colleges play in higher education, successes and opportunities for improvement on our campuses, as well as current trends and hot topics.

International Recruitment 101: Seeing Only the Good

Stephanie Szczepanski

Saint Louis University

Co-Presenter:
Eric Ruiz, University of St. Francis

Audience: Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Come learn the fundamentals of international recruitment. Learn how to start developing an international strategic plan and the do’s and don’ts we learned in our first few years in the field. We hope the audience will take away some fundamental pieces of international recruitment, their next steps as well as practical tips for life in international recruitment.

**This session will NOT be recorded.**

Just the Facts by Factuality

Natalie Gillard

Factuality

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Just the FACTS by FACTUALITY is a facilitated dialogue, crash course, and virtual interactive experience that simulates real life experiences in America. It is played with a rich group of diverse characters that encounter a series of fact based advantages and limitations based on the intersection of their race, class, gender, sexual orientation, faith, and age.

You Can’t Read a Book and Run from a Lion at the Same Time

Tara Brown

LEARNER’S EDGE CONSULTING

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

The lions that young adults have been running from over the past year have increased dramatically. Navigating the college search process can be daunting. This session addresses the impact that stress has on the brain’s ability to perform higher level function, store memory and deal with life in general. Strategies to create a safe emotional environment, increase resiliency and prepare students to escape the lions will be shared and discussed.

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – F Sessions

Current Issues in Washington DC

Representative Ruben Gallego

United States House of Representative

Co-Presenter:
Rob Walton, Ohio Wesleyan University

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

This session will focus on an interview with Representative Gallego regarding on goings in Washington DC, specifically as it pertains to education, higher education, and Postsecondary and college counseling. Join Representative Gallego to learn the latest issues for education and counseling being prioritized in the current Washington climate.

Demystifying The Process: Strategic Supports for First Generation Students

Margaret Hughes

Intrinsic Schools

Co-Presenter:
Vincent Alvarez, Intrinsic Schools

Audience: Secondary

 

The postsecondary process can be incredibly daunting for first generation students and their families. This has never been more true than during the pandemic. How do we help students and families to feel not only informed but empowered about the process? How do we do this in a remote setting? In this session, we will explore Intrinsic School’s checklist approach and review the resources that provide a clear roadmap for our students and families.

Diverse Learners: Building Confidence and Navigating the College Process

Nicole Rand

DePaul College Prep

Co-Presenter:
Elizabeth Underwood, DePaul College Prep

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

College planning can be a daunting process, which is especially true for diverse learners, who often lack confidence in their academic abilities.  This workshop will explore ways counselors may prepare diverse learners for college by building strength-based and growth-mindsets, helping students find the right college fit, and understanding common learning disabilities and eligibility for support services in college.

Fostering LGBTQ Inclusion in College Admissions

Kate McKay

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Co-Presenter:
Lisa Winker, Indiana State University

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Increase professional capacity and comfort in working with and recruiting LGBTQ students by developing a greater knowledge and understanding of the LGBTQ population and available resources. This session will include national research data and trends, LGBTQ vocabulary and key concepts, and concrete tips and campus resources to aid in the inclusion of these students in the college admissions process.

Lessons Learned Facilitating Over 3,500 Virtual Sessions

Zachary George

StriveScan

Co-Presenter:
Isabella Williams, StriveScan

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

StriveScan has helped facilitate thousands of conversations between college representatives and students since May of 2020. School Counselors, join us as we explore what topics were popular amongst students to help enhance your college counseling curriculum. College Representatives, as you are fine-tuning your institution’s virtual programming, learn more about students’ most frequently asked questions and student survey feedback.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Office Chair Yoga

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – G Sessions

Admission Testing and the Surging Test Optional Movement

Eric Anderson

Compass Education Group

Co-Presenters:
Matt Steiner, Compass Education Group
Ben Wetherbee, Lake Forest Academy

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

In response to the pandemic, colleges have radically adjusted their admission testing policies. This session will explore the motives, trends, implications, and unpredicted “silver linings” of the complex and layered test optional movement. The presenters will also share their observations of how students are using their newfound agency — if/when to test, if/when to submit scores — as they redefine their relationship with the ACT and SAT.

Building the Launch Pad – Help for Low Income Students

Rita Thompson

Elk Grove High School

Co-Presenters:
Anthony Miocic, Elk Grove High School
Leslie Alvarez, Elk Grove High School

Audience: Secondary

 

Join us for a fast-paced series of creative approaches to overcoming barriers to higher education. Learn about our award-winning Saturday Outreach program, positive parent connections, superb social-emotional learning strategies, creative approaches for affordability and accessibility, partnering with classroom teachers, and more. Hear from three high school staff who tackle this challenge from different angles.

Enhanced Real-Time Vision Supporting Admissions Teams

Alex White

Farrell Day

Co-Presenter:
Jackie Stoneburner, Farrell Day

Audience: Postsecondary – four year

 

While admissions teams have reams of data about their own year-over-year performance, they have limited ability to understand how their performance compares to similar colleges. IPEDs and National Student Clearinghouse data arrive too late to take action, and the shared spreadsheets and phone calls to peers only offer anecdotal evidence. We’ll share what real-time analysis is showing about student behavior across the nation and in Illinois.

Pedagogically Shortchanged: A Case Study

Michael Williams

Well Planned Interventions

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

The pedagogically shortchanged case series assesses and addresses discrepancies in education that are exacerbated by race and socioeconomic status. This presentation follows ‘LeRoy’; a Black man from Chicago’s Englewood community and his struggles to overcome an academic institution that allowed to slip through cracks only to be placated with a fraudulent diploma.

The Power of Wellness at Work

Jill Diaz

My College Summit

Co-Presenter:
Veronica McLaughlin, Drake University

Audience: Secondary, Postsecondary – two year, Postsecondary – four year

 

Overwhelmed? Drowning? Stressed? Are these words you find yourself using often in regard to your work and life? It seems as though we live in a time where being pulled in a million different directions is the norm, but it doesn’t have to be. In this session, learn how to be more productive, manage your stress/mental health and get back to making a real impact with your work that doesn’t leave your tank empty.