Hispanic Heritage Month – Member Spotlight

Hispanic Heritage Month – Member Spotlight Karen Vargas, Dean of Admissions, Wake Forest University (NC) Tell us about your journey in the field of education and as an admissions/counseling professional. What are you most proud of accomplishing?  My passion for college admissions began when I was a student at Haverford College (PA). From tours to […]

Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Hispanic-Serving Institutions by the Inclusion, Access & Success Committee The story of higher education in the United States and the territories it colonized cannot be told without recognizing and celebrating, among other things, the influence on and contribution to higher education from Hispanic-identifying students and educators past, present, and future. As we recognize and celebrate […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day (*Updated post from 2020) by Rachel Fried (Seneca Nation), Director, Public School Initiative Basic cultural comprehension goes a long way. Often, schools and individuals are unsure where to even begin with Native recruitment and retention. The reality is, simple transformations can have great significance. As college access practitioners, a first step can […]

SACAC Member Spotlight on Dr. Erin Almond

Member Spotlight Dr. Erin Almond, KIPP Through College Program, Jacksonville (FL) When Dr. Erin Almond started with KIPP Jacksonville in 2013, she spent a lot of time listening to students and parents to understand what was important to them in regard to their education beyond KIPP so that she could provide the best counseling and […]

Serving the Underserved in Puerto Rico

Serving the Underserved in Puerto Rico Dr. Maria Rosa Bruno, University High School – University of Puerto Rico by Celeste Suris-Rosselli, Baldwin School of Puerto Rico It has long been acknowledged the inequity that exists in the public school system, a fact that could not be more true of the public school system in Puerto […]

Community Based Organization Spotlight: The Peer Power Foundation (TN)

Community Based Organization Spotlight: The Peer Power Foundation (TN) Sydney Olojo, Director of Storytelling, Peer Power Institute The Peer Power Foundation (Memphis, TN) is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains high-performing college students to deliver high-dosage tutoring and mentorship in public schools. The organization launched in 2005 as a unique student-to-student tutoring concept at […]

First-Generation Experiences with SACAC Member Leri Argueta

First-Generation Experiences Leri Argueta, Associate Director of Diversity Recruitment, University of North Georgia – Gainesville Can you share a little bit about your journey as a first-generation Latino male through higher education? Who/what inspired you to work in higher education? What has been your experience working with students prior to higher ed?  I always say […]

My History with SACAC with President Jonathan Ferrell

My History with SACAC Jonathan Ferrell, SACAC President, Director of College Counseling, Pace Academy (GA) Tell us about your journey in the field of education and as an admissions/counseling professional. What are you most proud of accomplishing?  I entered the profession as an admissions counselor at Centenary College, my undergraduate alma mater. While most people […]

My History with SACAC with Briana Duncan

My History with SACAC with Briana Duncan Briana Duncan, M.Ed (she/her/hers), College Advisor, Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School (GA) Tell us about your journey in the field of education and as an admissions/counseling professional. What are you most proud of accomplishing? Like many other admissions professionals, I began my career as a University Ambassador while […]

My History with SACAC with Morgan Fowler

My History with SACAC Morgan Fowler, Senior Admissions Counselor, High Point University Tell us about your journey in the field of education and as an admissions/counseling professional. What are you most proud of accomplishing? The first time I went to visit my college counselor at my northern Florida public school, she took a look at […]