NYSACAC Annual Conference
The 2021 NYSACAC Annual Conference will be focused around the theme of, “Homecoming: Moving New York Forward.” Join us virtually at the conference June 8 - 10 including the Coming Together Conference June 8!
The past year has forced Mercy and organizations all around the state to do things differently. Our goals have remained the same, serving our students and helping them take the next step forward toward their goals.
Each year the conference brings together admissions and enrollment officers, Community Based Organizations, independent educational consultants and school counselors from all over the state. The conference allows for professional development and networking opportunities, all centered around higher education admissions.
This year we are excited to gather together virtually once again and work in new and different ways to move forward.
Scroll down to see more on our keynote speakers, Dr. Angel B. Pérez and Dr. Donovan Livingston.
Message from NYSACAC President-Elect Marie Nocella
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am thrilled to welcome you to the official website for the 2021 NYSACAC Conference! The Steering Committee is working tirelessly to provide a virtual experience full of professional development in an engaging and enjoyable way. The theme Homecoming: Moving NY Forward speaks to our excitement to join and work together in new and different ways moving forward.
We hope that the virtual format and grant opportunities will provide accessible and affordable options for your participation.
Our conference will begin with the 24th Coming Together Conference on June 8 and our 43rd Annual Conference June 9-10. These three days of learning experiences, vendor conversations, and fun networking opportunities will allow professionals to celebrate our successes in the field and plan for the success of tomorrow.
I look forward to seeing you virtually on June 8!
Marie Nocella (she/her)
2021 Conference Chairperson
Message from Mercy College Vice President of Admissions Adam Castro
Dear Greater New York Admissions Community, Friends, and Colleagues,
On behalf of everyone at Mercy College, we are thrilled to host the 2021 NYSACAC Conference beginning on June 8! The NYSACAC Annual Conference has an incredible history of bringing us together to commemorate the end of another academic year, to celebrate our accomplishments and milestones, and to learn from one another. In a year that has been anything but normal, I hope this conference and community still feels like home to you.
I would like to thank NYSACAC President, Marissa Guijarro, and President-Elect, Marie Nocella, for entrusting Mercy College with this responsibility.
Rest assured that we are hard at work to create a virtual conference experience that is welcoming, innovative, and, most importantly, does not sacrifice the learning, engagement and fun you have come to expect. And to speak frankly, given all of the challenges we have faced this year, we need this.
This year’s theme is Homecoming: Moving New York Forward – and I am so excited to welcome you to my home, Mercy College, on June 8.
Vice President of Admissions
NYSACAC Annual Conference Keynote
Dr. Angel B. Pérez is CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). In this role, he represents nearly 14,000 admission and counseling professionals worldwide committed to postsecondary access and success. He is the primary voice of the association to government, media, and global partners. Pérez is recognized as a national thought leader and is a sought-after speaker on issues of educational equity, access, and success in American education.
Prior to his arrival at NACAC, he served for 22 years as a leader in higher education where his work was described as transformative. He most recently served as vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College (CT), where he also taught in the educational studies department.
Pérez is passionate about public policy as a platform for change. During his tenure in higher ed, the governor of Connecticut appointed him to the New England Board of Higher Education, and he was chosen by the Gates Foundation to serve on Forward50, a group of leaders presenting higher ed solutions to Congress. In 2019, a Forbes article named him the greatest influencer in college admission. Dr. Pérez’s work has been featured in many media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and CBS Evening News.
Coming Together Conference Keynote
Dr. Donovan Livingston is an award-winning educator, spoken word poet, and public speaker. In 2016, his Harvard Graduate School of Education convocation address “Lift Off” went viral, reaching over thirteen million views and prompting Hillary Clinton to praise, “It’s young graduates like [Livingston] who make it clear that America’s best days are still ahead.” Since his pivotal speech, Livingston has been featured on CNN, NPR, BBC, Good Morning America, and in news outlets across Europe, Australia, India, and South Africa. His convocation address was published as a book by Spiegel & Grau in 2017.
A believer in the enormous opportunities that education provides, Livingston inspires students, educators, and communities with his conviction that every child has the right to “lift off” and achieve their dreams. Drawing on personal experiences as well as scholarship, Livingston examines the role of hip hop and spoken word poetry in student experiences in higher and postsecondary education. An impassioned and dynamic speaker, he incorporates creative elements into his lectures such as spoken word poetry and audience collaboration.
2021 NYSACAC Conference Pricing
The virtual conference will be $100 for NYSACAC members and $125 for non-members.
Thank you to all of our conference grant donors!
- Adelphi University
- City University of New York
- College of Saint Rose
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Emma Willard School
- Fordham University
- Georgian Court University
- Ithaca College
- LeMoyne College
- Marissa Guijarro
- Marist College
- Nazareth College
- New York Institute of Technology
- NYC Department of Education
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Russell Sage College
- Rye Country Day School
- Sarah Lawrence College
- Siena College
- Skidmore College
- Sohmer College Counseling
- St. Francis College
- SUNY College at Geneseo
- Syracuse University
- The Teagle Foundation
- Union College
- Utica College
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Mercy’s Dobbs Ferry campus is located in Westchester, NY and overlooks the Hudson River. Dobbs Ferry campus is home to two of our student residence halls: Hudson Hall and Founders Hall, our state-of-the-art fitness center, clinical simulation labs, trading room, art and music studios and our 10 NCAA Division II athletic teams.
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At Mercy College we believe if colleges were more open, people's minds would be more open too. Because if all kinds of students got degrees, all kinds of people would have new opportunities. And with every new opportunity, the world transforms.
This belief is part of everything we do. It's our mantra. It's our mission.
Our doors are open to all who are looking for a more open world.
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