Press Release: NECBAC Pairs with CBI for College Access Event

March 10, 2015

Fairfield, CT – On Monday, January 12, 2015, The New England Counselors of Color Bridging Access to College (NECBAC) hosted students and counselors from College Bound Initiative (CBI) for a unique college access event.

Fifty juniors and seniors from CBI partner high schools in New York City and their guidance counselors joined admissions representatives from twenty member institutions including Amherst College, Bates College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Bryant University, Colby College, Emmanuel College, Endicott College, Fairfield University, Hampshire College, Middlebury College, Mitchell College, University of New Haven, Providence College, Saint Michael’s College, Salem State University, Simmons College, Stonehill College, Wesleyan University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a morning of admissions and financial aid workshops as well as a mini college fair.

The day kicked off with admissions representatives speaking to groups of ten students for hour-long breakout sessions on general admissions and financial topics, including standardized test scores, letters of recommendation, college essays, grants, loans, and work-study programs.

Students then had the opportunity to individually speak with representatives from the aforementioned institutions through an interactive hour-long college fair.

“It was an awesome to have students and colleagues experience what makes the NECBAC member institutions so valuable. I believe that NECBAC members are a representation of who we want CBI students to be or who they might aspire to be – it was so inspiring to hear from CBI counselors that they view members of NECBAC as the embodiment of their students!” commented NECBAC President, Leykia Brill, of Amherst College.

“The workshops and college fair gave New York City public school students an unique opportunity to meet multicultural recruiters from some of New England’s most selective institutions in an intimate setting that is unparalleled. Not only was the event mutually beneficial for the organizations (NECBAC & CBI), but the return of investment will be evident in the Fall of 2016 when a numbers of these students are attending NECBAC partner institutions!” remarked Zee Santiago, Director of College Counseling for CBI.

CBI is a college access initiative, which places full-time college guidance experts in NYC public schools to work one-on-one with every student as early as the sixth grade. By combining intimate knowledge of students along with trusted connections with a diverse network of colleges, college placement is optimized and financial aid maximized. The comprehensive approach creates a culture of success in each of the partner high schools with clear results – 14 consecutive years of demonstrated success in increasing the college enrollment and attainment rate for low-income students.

The New England Counselors of Color Bridging Access to College (NECBAC) is a chartered, non-profit organization of professional admission representatives of color affiliated with four-year private colleges and universities who are dedicated to promoting enrollment and retention of students of color. NECBAC works to establish, maintain, and participate in cooperative programs, workshops, and materials designed to support students of color in gaining access to college. More information about NECBAC can be found at More information about CBI can be found at

Press release written by Brittany Carlson, Middlebury College