June 2, 2021 

  1. Pride Month Series
  2.  CBO SIG Event
  3. Counselor of the Year!
  4. AP May/June Case Study
  5. Summer Institute
  6. Counselor Resource Center - Latinx SIG
  7. Communication Committee Callout
  8. AmazonSmile
  9. PCACAC Giving
  10. Join PCACAC's Team
  11. Calendar of Events
  12. Connect With Us

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June is Pride Month! Celebrate with us beginning on June 3rd at 11:00 am

We’re kicking off Pride Month Series on Thursday, June 3 at 11:00am with a virtual session and interactive activity led by LGBTQ+ & Ally SIG Chair, Shawn Ficadenti, to discuss the differences between the various identity spectrums as well as understanding more about the transgender community.The following sessions will be scheduled throughout the month of June, dates and times forthcoming!
  • LGBTQ+ Cross Training for Admissions Staff and Students
  • Supporting Your LGBTQ+ Colleagues
  • Transitioning from High School to College as an LGBTQ+ Student
Thursday, June 3rd at 11 am                                                                Gender Unicorn   Zoom link Passcode:  407158

Community Based Organization SIG Event - June 3rd 2-3 PM

Each year, more than 1 million students - a third of whom are first-generation - apply to college using the Common App. Common App recognizes the critical role community-based organizations play in helping students get to college. PCACAC's CBO SIG has invited Meredith Lombardi from Common App's Access & Equity Programs team to talk about the tools CBO advisors can use to support their students and families. Join us to learn more, ask questions, and connect with your colleagues.
Visit to connect with us the day of the event. Our SIG is open all CBO's in the PCACAC region (DC, DE, MD, VA & WV) if you are not a member of PCACAC and interested in our SIG please complete this google form to be added to our group:
Contact Charlain Bailey, CBO SIG Chair 

Counselor of the Year Recipients!

PCACAC is proud to have a strong membership of extremely talented people on all sides of the desk. In an endeavor to celebrate some of the best among us, this prestigious award was created to recognize PCACAC members who go above and beyond in their work with students. 

Congratulations to the twelve 2021 Counselor of the Year award recipients announced during our 56th annual conference. 

 Admission Practices Case Study

Check out the May/June case study! The rest of the study can be found here.

Situation: Student A has recently been accepted to Anchor University as a transfer student.  One of the major factors in their decision is ensuring that a good number of credits transfer from their current institution, as well as housing availability.  Student A has sent in their transcripts but has not yet heard back and the deadline to commit is quickly approaching.  They reached out to Anchor University and were told that students only receive a transfer credit estimate and housing options after committing to the university.  Is Anchor University being ethical in their stance?

PCACAC's 18th Annual Summer Institute

Registration is now open for PCACAC's Virtual 18th Annual Summer Institute! 

Using a personalized setting, this event is uniquely designed to provide training, networking opportunities and leadership development for new and mid-level college admission and counseling professionals who assist students in the transition from high school to college. The Institute offers a lineup of sessions that promise to motivate and educate professionals on all sides of the desk. Your participation furthers our mission to support and advance college admission professionals like yourself as you guide your institution, students, and families in an ethical manner.

Rhonda Douthit, PCACAC Executive Assistant & Site Director
[email protected] | 434-989-7557

Co-Chair:  Butch Hamilton, St. Mary's Ryken High School (MD)
Co-Chair:  Kevin Zimmerman, Shenandoah University (VA)
PD Chair:  Alice Robertson, Chantilly High School (VA)

Counselor Resource Center: 

Thanks to PCACAC's Latinx SIG for sharing some information (in English and Spanish) with our members:           



Don't forget to join the PCACAC Latinx SIG FB Group:

Call Out for Communication Committee Members!

The PCACAC Communication Committee is looking for some seriously awesome new ideas and new folks to share those ideas. Currently the Communications Committee shares information via social media accounts and produces the bi-weekly Anchor Splash.

Ideas for the future of the Communications Committee are wide open. The goals are to keep our membership informed of what is happening in our affiliate and nationally, produce interesting/relevant content that will help us express the value of PCACAC to current and prospective members.

Some ideas for future projects might include:

  • Establishing a PCACAC Tik Tok account/creating content
  • Producing Member spotlight pieces including video interviews in addition to print 
  • Student spotlight/testimonials (video/print)
  • PCACAC Institution spotlights (high schools/colleges/CBOs/IEC offices)
  • Day in the life series (counselors/admissions professionals/IECs/CBO members/PCACAC & NACAC members
  • Interviews w/NACAC/NASFAA/ACCIS/School Counseling Association members, Principals/Heads of School, etc.

We are looking for energetic and visionary colleagues who can help us build and invigorate the Communications Committee. 

PCACAC asks you to consider this invitation to serve the association. Is it your time? We hope so! 

Please contact Ann Marie Strauss for further information and to volunteer. 

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We simply can't do it without you!

PCACAC invites you to contribute to our new endowment fund - created to help counselors whose schools, districts or programs are underfunded and/or who need extra support.  With your support, we can provide additional professional development opportunities, programming, and materials for those counselors most in need.  PLEASE GIVE HERE

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