NACAC Conference 2022 Main Stage

A Conversation with Billy Porter 

Thursday, September 22 | 11:00am – 12:30pm 

Porter’s remarkable life story, which has been defined by determination, talent, and resilience, is one that aligns seamlessly with our conference theme and with your work as a college admission counseling professional. His remarks will illuminate your unrelenting commitment to understanding and removing barriers to educational opportunity, especially for underrepresented or marginalized students. Learn more.

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Resilience in a Time of Crisis: Public School Counselors and the College Pipeline 

Friday, September 23 | 8:30am – 10:00am 

Prior to 2020, public schools across the country were beset by severe inequities in student access to school counselors and college advising, with some school districts and states with ratios approaching or exceeding 1,000 students per school counselor. Likewise, public school counselors have long struggled with multiple and varying demands, often with little understanding or support from school administrators and policymakers. The global pandemic, as well as multiple social justice flashpoints that were exacerbated by increasingly polarized and discriminatory policymaking, has only further strained the conditions under which school counselors must work. Public school counselors and a college access administrator will share what colleges should understand about the state of K-12 preparation, college advising, and the challenges facing school counselors. Learn more. 

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Beyond the Headlines: Insights from Journalists Covering Higher Education 

Friday, September 23 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm 

Of all the news topics in education, college admission garners some of the most interest from the public. In this session, journalists from major news outlets will discuss their approach to covering this topic and the education sector as a whole. Learn how they seek authentic voices for their stories, make decisions about news to cover, and work to bring both clarity and nuance to complex issues. Get the insider’s perspective on what goes on behind the scenes of the big headlines and gain insight into the future of news coverage in our field. Learn more.


Annual Membership Meeting & State of the Association

Saturday, September 24 | 8:00am – 9:00am

NACAC's Annual Membership Meeting & State of the Association will feature a report from NACAC CEO Angel B. Pérez, PhD, and a Q&A with NACAC board officers and staff.


Dr. Leonard Moore on Race and Culture in College Admission 

Saturday, September 24 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm 

Dr. Leonard N. Moore, the George Littlefield Professor of American History at the University of Texas-Austin (UT) and executive director of the UT HBCU Initiative, is known for his student-centered approach to teaching about race in America. He asks students to consider uncomfortable questions about racism, breaking down divisive topics and teaching across cultural lines about Black history. His latest book is Teaching Black History to White People.  

His research on race and culture in higher education has made him a sought-after national speaker and his class a priority for students at UT. Each fall, more than 1,000 students take his classes on black empowerment where he shares insights from his own experience in academia. Dr. Moore directs study abroad programs in Beijing and Cape Town, and both programs have become national models for diversifying global education. In this closing main stage session, Dr. Moore will share his thought-provoking insights and engaging examinations of race and culture in higher education as they relate to college admission. Learn more.