NYSACAC Annual Conference Schedule

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NYSACAC Annual Conference Schedule

Join us virtually June 8 - 10, 2021  for professional development and networking opportunities as we explore the theme of "Homecoming: Moving New York Forward."

Coming Together Conference will be held on June 8, 2021. 

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Join us for Coming Together Conference (CTC), special interest group meetings and networking and social opportunities. 

The goal of CTC is to create a safe space where passionate professionals engage in critical conversations to propel our practice of equity, access, and success in post-secondary education forward.

Time Event
8:15 - 8:45  a.m. Guided Meditation with Natasha Edwards
9 - 10:45 a.m. Coming Together Welcome and Keynote
(Keynote by Dr. Donovan Livingston)
11 a.m. Silent Auction Opens
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Coming Together Educational Sessions
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Coming Together Educational Sessions
2 - 3 p.m. Coming Together Educational Sessions
3:15 - 4 p.m. Coming Together Closing Keynote and Staying Together
4:15 - 5 p.m. ACCEPT Special Interest Group Meeting
(ACCEPT (Admissions Community Cultivating
Equity & Peace Today) empowers professionals
who seek to center anti-racism, equity, and justice
in our work and communities. The mission is to lead
the college admissions profession in creating an
equitable, just, and anti-racist path to post-secondary
5:15 - 6 p.m. LGBTQIA+ Special Interest Group Meeting
(The LGBTQAI+ SIG provides opportunities for
members to discuss issues of college admission
that affect LGBTQAI+ students and professionals.
The LGBTQAI+ SIG will address issues by offering
opportunities to engage in discussion and act as
an agent for change.
7 - 8 p.m. Networking and Social
(Join your NYSACAC colleagues from across the state
for the 24th Annual Coming Together social. To uplift
our spirits and celebrate the end of the 2020-2021
academic year, we will all reunite on the virtual dance
floor with a DJ playing live music for our own
CTC Club! In commemoration of this year’s
theme, “Homecoming”, represent your alma mater
by wearing your college gear and join us for an hour filled 
with fun, music and fellowship.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Join us for discussions with groups focused on: Women in Admissions, Middle Management, Financial Aid and the Latinx and African Diaspora Special Interest groups. 

Plus get in on the fun with our Wine 101 and Trivia sessions in the evening. 

Time Event
8:00 a.m. NYSACAC Virtual 5K
(Run, jog, walk, skip . . . just get moving and compete in our virtual 5K anytime on Wednesday, June 9. 
Make sure to track your activity in the Strava app.)
8 - 8:45 a.m. Fitness Class
(High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT))
8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Yoga with Cola
8:45 - 9:55  a.m. Newcomers Orientation
(The Newcomers Committee welcomes you
to the 2021 NYSACAC conference!  This
session connects conference first-timers
with conference mentors.  Come learn more
about NYSACAC and how to make the most
of this year's conference. We will also have
a wrap up meeting on Thursday to debrief
and discuss future opportunities.)
10 - 11:30 a.m. Annual Conference Welcome and Keynote
(Keynote by Dr. Angel B. Pérez)
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Women in Admissions and Counseling Special Interest Group
(The mission is to support anyone who identifies
as a woman to achieve success in the admission
profession. The purpose of the group is to assist
women in navigating the complexities of our 
profession including topics such as, but not limited
to, sexism, equal pay, and work-life balance. The 
group also supports the retention and
advancement of women in the admissions field.)
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Options Financial Aid Certificate - Part 1 of 3
(Explore more about this option)
Middle Management Institute - Part 1 of 3
(Explore more about this option)
Executive Track - Part 1 of 2
(Explore more about this option)
Annual Conference Educational Sessions
2 - 3 p.m. Options Financial Aid Certificate - Part 2 of 3
(Explore more about this option)
Middle Management Institute - Part 2 of 3
(Explore more about this option)
Executive Track - Part 2 of 2
(Explore more about this option)
Annual Conference Educational Sessions
3:15 - 5  p.m. Meeting for NYSACAC Executive Board Members
3:15 - 3:45 p.m. Learning Lab Session 1
4 - 4:30 p.m. Learning Lab Session 2
4:45 - 5:15 p.m. Learning Lab Session 3
5:15 - 6 p.m. Latinx Special Interest Group Meeting
(The Latinx SIG represents the perspectives and
concerns of professionals who are responsible for
guidance, recruitment, and transition (from high
school to college) of Latinx students. We will also
provide the opportunity to discuss/disseminate, and
represent any and all related topics, issues, and
trends relevant to Latino/Hispanic college
admission counseling.)
6:15 - 7 p.m. African Diaspora Special Interest Group Meeting
(The African Diaspora SIG is a group where people
can discuss and seek solutions to issues around
college access and success as they pertain to both
professionals in the field and those who work with
students who identify as members of the African
7 - 8 p.m. Wine 101
(During the seminar, Matthew Christoff from
Bowler Wine will teach us about a few different
grape varieties, methods of production, and a
thoughtful approach to tasting and buying wine.
Download your Wine 101 shopping list)
8 - 9 p.m. Trivia

Thursday, June 10, 2021 

Join us for the final day of the conference for our legislative forum, special interest group meetings, town hall and for the awards and closing ceremony.   

Time Event
8 - 8:45  a.m. Fitness Class
(Low Impact)
9 - 10 a.m. Options Financial Aid Certificate - Part 3 of 3
(Explore more about this option)
Middle Management Institute - Part 3 of 3
(Explore more about this option)
Annual Conference Educational Sessions
10:15 - 11  a.m. General Membership Meeting and NACAC Update
(Vote on changes to the NYSACAC By-laws, hear
election results, and find out what’s going on with
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Legislative Forum
12:15  - 1 p.m. WE-WISH Special Interest Group Lunch  Meeting
(The White Engagement: Work on Identity and
Status for Healing (WE-WISH) Special Interest
Group seeks to provide space for professionals that
are interested in and dedicated to the understanding
and dismantling of White Fragility and  privilege in
higher education. Participants will engage in topics, 
issues and trends relevant to conversation surrounding
racial privilege in admission counseling. The group  
will also focus  on work to be done at the individual
and systems level to increase awareness of white
privilege in our profession, and move the profession
into anti-racist practices.)
1 p.m. Close of Silent Auction
1 - 1:45 p.m. Transfer and Community College Special Interest Group Meeting
(The Community College and Transfer SIG is designed
to engage people in discussions about the unique issues
facing community colleges and transfer students.)
2 - 3:30 p.m. Mega Session: Town Hall
3:45  - 4:45 p.m. Awards and Closing Ceremony
(Cheer your colleagues on as  they are surprised
by awards! Watch the presidential transition
and hear from NYSACAC's new leaders.)
4:45 - 5:15 p.m. Newcomers Wrap Up
(How was your conference, First Timers? Let's 
debrief and talk about what you can do now to
meet people in the field and get  involved.)
5 - 6  p.m. Meeting for NYSACAC Past Presidents
7 - 8 p.m. Mixology Class
(This seminar, led by Matthew Christoff from
Bowler Wine, will focus on spirits and their production,  
as well as a tutorial on how to make two very exciting
Download your Mixology shopping list)
8 - 9 p.m. Social

Conference Tracks

Options Financial Aid Certificate

Options Institute will lead a 3 part course on financial aid assessment, application details and tips, sources of aid, analyzing and comparing packages, and advising financial decisions.   Participants who complete all three sessions will receive an Options Certificate.


Middle Management

This Institute is for secondary and postsecondary professions in middle management areas who have worked in the field for at least 3 years.  We will assist you in understanding the trajectory of promotions, managing where you are currently, and planning your future. Attendees will also have the chance to discuss how professional duties have changed in the midst of COVID.  Join, share, and discuss your thoughts and concerns with managing in the middle!


Executive Track

These sessions are intended for all professionals in high level management roles in secondary and higher education, such as Directors, Deans, and Vice Presidents. Participants will hear from inspirational and dynamic leaders about their ascension to leadership roles, effective strategies to overcome barriers, challenges they continue to face, and solutions addressing some of the inequities that remain. We will discuss access, diversity and equity in leadership roles, as well as mentoring middle management professionals.