NECBAC 45th Anniversary Celebration

March 8, 2021

Dear NECBAC partners, 

Thank you for celebrating 45 years of NECBAC history with us! We mark this anniversary to not just remember our storied past, but to shape the next 45 years of college admission practice. The collaboration made possible by NECBAC has transformed the field of college admission. From a 1978 pamphlet: “NECBAC was founded by three admission counselors from similar institutions who felt a deep concern for the level of guidance available to students of color who were interested in pursuing a post-secondary education.” At NECBAC, we still feel a deep concern for the disproportionate college going rates for students of color. In the last year, we’ve faced a global pandemic and racial justice movement that have heightened and highlighted the educational, social, and economic gap in higher education. 

But, in the last 45 years, NECBAC has made significant strides in creating more targeted outreach programs and more equitable internal systems that have yielded more diverse student populations on college campuses. We have learned from each other’s successes and experiences, and we’ve defined best practices together. We’ve leaned on each other for support, growth, and validation. NECBAC has more than three meetings a year; it’s a home. We are more than a group of professionals who share the same goals; we’re a family. 

The challenges of the past year have proven what we at NECBAC have known for 45 years:  our work is necessary. We come together to celebrate our many achievements, and we look forward to NECBAC’s role in the fight against systemic racism and the social injustices that continue to create barriers for students of color. 

45 years ago, we set out to expand access to higher education in the United States. Today, we celebrate the collaborations that have helped us achieve our goals, and look to a brighter future. 

In partnership,

Mandy Hart, NECBAC President

Gregory Chery, NECBAC Member-at-Large

Yavuz Kiremit, NECBAC Treasurer

Zaryah Guyton, NECBAC Corresponding Secretary

Amy Chung, NECBAC Recording Secretary


Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:00a.m. EST – Taking a Look (NEC)BAC Celebrating 45 Years

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NECBAC 45th Anniversary Celebration Day Schedule

10:00a.m. EST:  Opening with emcee, Wanda Suriel, Director of Admission at Wheaton College. Followed by a networking breakfast

10:45a.m. EST:  Mindfulness Exercise led by Cindy Córdova: What is one thing that brings you joy that you want to celebrate? Centering ourselves; exploring joy and celebration on community

11:10a.m. EST:  5 minute break before welcome

11:15a.m. EST:  Welcome from the NECBAC Board of Directors

11:30a.m. EST:  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Angel B. Pérez, CEO of the National Association for College Admission Counseling

12:30p.m. EST: Brown Bag Lunch with breakout sessions

2:00p.m. EST:   NECBAC Panel: Finance Committee Book Scholarship

2:30p.m. EST:   Performance by Krystal A. Livingston

3:00p.m. EST:   Closing & Fellowship

Past Events

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:00p.m. EST – Working with Community Based Organizations

Facilitated by: Outreach Committee Chairs: Kaitlyn April, Emmanuel College & Jonathan Hurt, University of Pittsburgh

Description: Join the Outreach Committee for a panel of important CBO partners that made an impact on the organizational growth of NECBAC throughout the years. Join us as we explore how to build relationships with CBOs, from the initial contact to the do’s and don’t of a healthy relationship. We look forward to discussing the challenges and celebrating the successes as we provide tips on ways to collaborate.

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 3:00p.m. EST – NECBAC Past Presidents Panel

Facilitated by: Political Action Committee Chair: Audrey Maney-Hernandez, Mount Holyoke College

Description: Join the Political Action Committee for a panel discussion with former NECBAC Presidents about their experiences with the organization, perceptions of its evolution over time, and aspirations for its future. This session presents an important opportunity for both old and new NECBAC members to build community with and learn from the organization’s past leaders, and to be reoriented in NECBAC’s foundational and contemporary mission as we celebrate 45 years and look ahead to all that comes next.

*Updated* Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 3:00p.m. EST – Data Collection 45th Celebration Presentation

Previously – Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 1:00p.m. EST 

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Facilitated by: Data Collection Committee Chair: Tania Hurtado, Roger Williams University

Description: In this session, we will look at emerging trends across data since the inception of our organization. Data NECBAC has collected over the years has made a long-lasting effect in the day-to-day life of the members and we will share some of those accomplishments.


We thank you for joining us as NECBAC celebrates our 45th anniversary with social and professional development opportunities! While we are offering these opportunities free of charge, we welcome any donation that you’re able to make. While these donations will cover speaker fees and other expenses associated with the celebration, and any excess funds will go toward unrestricted operating costs of NECBAC including but not limited to: book scholarships, professional development, membership awards, and more.

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