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 […]

SACAC Member Spotlight on John Palmer Rea

Highlighting John Palmer Rea John Palmer Rea, Belmont University, Nashville, TN John Palmer Rea started as a student recruiter and student worker in admissions when he was enrolled at Belmont University (Nashville, TN).  He managed and trained all of our tour guides and became president of our student Bruin Recruiter organization of over 130 volunteers.  […]

This Day in 1965: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act

This Day in 1965: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Bill Pruden, College Counselor/Director of Civic Engagement, Ravenscroft School The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was a centerpiece of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society legislative program.  It was also a foundational part of his administration’s War on Poverty.  Indeed, when Johnson sent the bill to Congress in […]

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 […]

Celebrating HBCU Excellence!

Celebrating HBCU Excellence! Jameia Tennie (pronouns: she/her), Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, North Carolina A&T State University The pursuit of post-secondary education continues to open the door to endless possibilities for students across the globe.  Each year, SACAC professionals are privileged to support students as they make these important collegiate decisions.  Choosing to attend a […]

Supporting Transgender & Transitioning Students in the College Application Process

Supporting Transgender & Transitioning Students in the College Application Process Melissa Kotacka, MA NCC CT, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment *Views and opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and not the institution’s This year marks my thirteenth year in the admissions profession, and thirteen years of working with and supporting LGBTQIA+ students through […]


Today we celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of lights Sunishka Deshpande, 10th grader at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, NC, shares more with us about this Hindu tradition: Diwali symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival celebrated with lighting […]