ACCEPT (a.k.a. Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today) is following up this summer's popular Being Black in College webinar series with a fall series! Once again, the series is specifically curated to the needs and experiences Black high school students and the adults who support them. The first four presentations will feature college admissions experts who will share their personal advice and perspectives on select topics. Each 90-minute session will end with Q&A so attendees can ask questions specific to their own journeys to college. And we've added a fifth special session to create a safe space for students who want to discuss everything from their college search to the upcoming presidential election to Black Lives Matter.
We encourage students to enjoy the conversations live, but all registrants will receive a link to the recording to watch at their convenience. To save your spot, please click on the blue title of any sessions for which you'd like to register. Choose one, choose all! These webinars are free and open to all Black high school students and their parents, so please share with friends and family.
Presenters include:
  • Sophia Bazile: Coach, Counselor, & Founder of Futures Literate Youth and Professionals (Bali, Indonesia)
  • Naomi Brown-Jones: Academic Counselor, MassBay Community College (MA)
  • Amber Cooper: Assistant Director of Admissions & Questbridge and DIVE Coordinator at Washington and Lee
  • Robert Destin: Former Assistant Principal at Crosby High School (TX) & Current Real Estate Mogul (TX)
  • Kelli Emerson: Academic Advisor at Lee College (TX) in TRiO Student Support Services
  • Maura Flaschner: Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Florida Atlantic University
  • Stephan Golas: College Counselor at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (IL)
  • Dr. Diane Graves: Child Clinical Psychologist & Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Hood College (MD)
  • Jamon Pulliam: Associate Director of College Counseling at Viewpoint School (CA)
  • Tela Thigpen: Director of College and Career Services at Sugar Creek Charter School (NC)
  • Dr. Jawaan Wallace: Dean of College Counseling at Marlborough School (CA)
  • Andrea Williams: CEO and Lead Academic Consultant of CultivatED Academy & PhD Student at U of South Florida
All webinars will be moderated by Dr. Ashley Bennett, Director of College Counseling at KIPP Sunnyside High School (TX).
Register now. We're excited to see you soon!

1. Financing College: How to Pay for Your Dream!

Tuesday, September 29th @ 4:30pm PT/5:30pm MT/6:30pm CT/7:30pm ET

College can be one of the most expensive purchases you make in your life, and it is also the best investment you will make in your life. This session will explore the many different ways you can make college affordable. Panelists will discuss college costs, need-based and non-need based financial aid, loans...and all of the jargon and processes for all of this!

2. Being Black at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)

Tuesday, October 6 @ 4:30pm PT/5:30pm MT/6:30pm CT/7:30pm ET

This year has presented numerous challenges, one of which is Being Black in America. Experts in the admissions and college counseling fields are poised to share their experiences to benefit students who would like to consider attending a college that was designed with Black students in mind. Being Black at Historically Black Colleges and Universities is a session that will engage Black students who are considering HBCUs. Panelists will discuss the benefits and challenges associated with attending HBCUs and answer questions offered by students and their families.

3. Understanding Greek Life

Tuesday, October 13 @ 4:30pm PT/5:30pm MT/6:30pm CT/7:30pm ET

For over 100 years, Black Greek letter organizations -- sororities and fraternities founded for Black students -- have provided community, networking, philanthropy, and leadership to Black undergraduate and graduate students. Learn about the history of the “Divine Nine” and the important role they play in the Black community during college and beyond!

4. Insight on Student Life in College

Tuesday, October 20 @ 4:30pm PT/5:30pm MT/6:30pm CT/7:30pm ET

Whether or not you consider yourself an activist as a high school student, world events, the 2020 elections, and the variety of conversations taking place in a college community could inspire or further your sense of volunteerism on behalf of a cause that you believe in. Panelists will explore how college activism by Black individuals and groups operate differently on-campus, off-campus, and online. Listen to advice for young Black activists regarding self-care, safety, peer accountability, plugging into and amplifying a movement, knowing your civic and on-campus rights, and activism’s potential to strengthen communities and one’s sense of connection to it.

5. Safe Space

Tuesday, October 27 @ 4:30pm PT/5:30pm MT/6:30pm CT/7:30pm ET

Join Black secondary school and higher education professionals for a casual, no-agenda, nothing-off-topic conversation about what it’s really like Being Black in College. Ask us anything, and we’ll answer honestly! Be sure to join us live for this conversation because it won’t be recorded or posted.


Administrative support for Being Black in College is provided by Collegewise. Check out Runway, their free series of college planning resources for high school seniors as well as parents, educators and younger students. And for even more free advice on applying to college, check out out their blog Wiser Notes and podcast Get Wise: College Admissions Explained.