Elections

2021 ACCIS Elections

The link to the ballot will be emailed to each ACCIS school's "Organization Contact" on Monday, April 12 and the ballot will close on Friday, April 30. Each school has one vote and should complete the ballot by following the emailed and online instructions in SurveyMonkey. 

The Governance and Nominating Committee is proud to present the following slate of six candidates for the three available openings on the Board of Trustees. It is an exceptional group for these exceptional times. We appreciate their willingness to serve ACCIS in the years to come. 

In addition, we examined our bylaws and are proposing changes to both our membership eligibility criteria and the definition of “member” for voting purposes. To read about the proposed amendments, please click here or scroll down. 


The candidates for the three (3) open, elected Board positions are listed below; statements and bios are linked, or you can scroll down to review.

Ashley Armato, Palmer Trinity School, Palmetto Bay, FL
Chris Boehm, Archmere Academy, Claymont, DE
Lee Nuckolls, Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs, CO
Warren Quirett, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA
Louis Trujillo, Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY
Sharon Williams, University of Chicago Lab Schools, Chicago, IL


 

Ashley Armato
Palmer Trinity School, Palmetto Bay, FL

One year ago, we effectively said “goodbye” to what we considered to be normal. We lost community. Many of us lost loved ones. We saw inequity multiply as we began to rely on technology that was not universally available. Students were oftentimes forced to take on additional responsibilities as children of essential workers. Depression and anxiety are at all time highs, and the resources to combat them are not readily available or supported across the board. Through all of this we have had to navigate many changes in our own profession amidst an unprecedented increase in application numbers and a new set of challenges with regards to standardized testing.

For me, the one constant and saving grace throughout quarantine and the pandemic were check-ins with my colleagues. This profession, in all its chaos and calamity, is rooted in camaraderie and a deep sense of community. I am interested in serving on the ACCIS Board in part because I believe I owe our profession a debt of gratitude. I am grateful for this community. It challenges me to continue learning and to be a better educator. I am also interested in Board service because I feel strongly that in order for our association to truly live out its mission, we must continue to aggressively pursue an anti-racist agenda and do our part in ensuring that we use our collective voices and privilege to dismantle barriers and biases in our work. I believe I can contribute to this vision.

My father was a NYC firefighter. My mother, an immigrant from Ecuador, cooked, cleaned, and did maintenance work at a retirement home. My identities as the daughter of an immigrant, a first-generation college student at a wealthy PWI, and as a white-presenting Latina inform so much of what I stand for as an individual and educator. I know both privilege and the feeling of being othered or tokenized. The duality of my identity has helped me navigate difficult conversations as I advocate for others. It has also taught me much about the assumptions that are often made of individuals in our profession as well as the students with whom we work based on factors such as appearance, educational background, and family make up.

I currently serve on SACAC’s Board of Directors as Co-Chair of the Inclusion, Access, & Success Committee. I also sit on the ACCIS DEI Committee. Both positions have allowed me to create professional development opportunities and spaces such as book club discussions, webinars, and social media posts for colleagues to discuss and reflect on how we can continue to center social justice in our work. As a Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Palmer Trinity, my work at an independent school has become even more centered in inclusion. Ultimately, these roles have taught me what I can do with a seat at the proverbial table.

If selected for Board service, I would hope to continue to provide our membership with increased opportunities to engage in professional development surrounding issues of equity and inclusion. Moreover, I think it is imperative that counselors of color in particular continue to have spaces to learn, grow, and be in community with one another. The pandemic has pushed so many of us to our limits. Racism, violence, and disproportionate deaths in our communities have weighed heavily on our hearts and minds. I think there is a need for both coalition building among BIPOC counselors as well as identity work. Oftentimes we are in the role of the teacher when it comes to equity work, but we, too, need spaces where we can learn and be challenged. In order to be our best selves for our students and colleagues, we need the opportunity to reset and recharge. I believe that ACCIS can provide a professional space that we very much need, and I would love to help create it.

Education:
BA in Spanish, Amherst College (MA) 2008
MS Ed. in Higher Education Administration, Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building, Florida International University (FL) 2014

Previous Employment:
Senior Admissions Fellow, Amherst College (MA) 2008-2010

Significant Professional Development:
The Table Facebook Group /Instagram Administrator 2020-present; SACAC Board, Inclusion, Access, & Success Co-Chair 2019- present; ACCIS Scope and Sequence Working Group 2019-present; Summer Academy Director, Thrive Scholars 2018-present; ACCIS Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Virtual Book Club Subcommittee member 2019- present; Where there Be Dragons + GEBG Indonesia Cultural Fluency Educator Course, June 2017; SACAC Latinx Special Interest Group Co-Leader 2017-2019; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, Palmer Trinity School, 2016-present; Head Cheerleading Coach, Palmer Trinity School. 2011-present; SACAC Annual Conference Presenter 2018, 2019, 2021; SACAC Webinar Panelist: 2018, 2020, 2021; Know Your Rights Camp Speaker: 2018; GEBG Annual Conference Presenter: 2018; FCIS Annual Conference Presenter: 2016, 2020

 

Chris Boehm
Archmere Academy, Claymont, DE

Seven years ago when I made the jump to the “other side of the desk,” I reached out to many trusted friends with a plea for help – where do I go to find the answers to the questions I do not know I have? The first of many responses recommended I join ACCIS and sign up for the e-list. This story is not unique, but is still very relevant to my interest in serving the association.

It’s not uncommon for me to reminisce about how everything started. Twenty-four years ago, I found myself sitting in a classroom at Gettysburg High School attending my first Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC) Professional Development Committee meeting. How I got there, literally and figuratively, is a mystery; however, someone must have pushed me to better myself and grow professionally. Raising my hand for some type of responsibility that day, catapulted me into a career of volunteerism within our profession. Opportunities for me have progressed, I hope, into experiences for others. Involvement in the PACAC Summer Institute, including my three years as director, ignited an excitement to plan and create experiences for newer and sometimes ignored professionals within the state. My ideas for the PACAC Support Staff Workshop, the Enrollment Management Institute, and the Career Colloquium were birthed from a need to help serve and shape different groups within our association. They also provided an opportunity to diversify our membership. Programs like these and other new initiatives can help PACAC, NACAC and ACCIS to be proactive and take steps to welcome members from all backgrounds, and to push their candidacy through our professional funnel. Instead of passive offerings that wait for participants to opt-in, we can recruit and offer advanced programming and development to professionals who will be our future leaders, and also serve our ever-changing student population.

My personal and professional lives collided this year as my daughter navigated through her college process. When helping Kennedy create her college list, John Mahoney’s description of a Jesuit education rang in my ears: “Men and women for others.” One of Kennedy’s top priorities was to find a community that was more diverse and inclusive than her high school and neighborhood. I’ve reflected on visits, conversations with Kennedy, and discussions with admission professionals as a parent and have been both impressed and concerned by schools’ systematic commitment to DEI. Colleges and universities are not unique in their varied successes to advance the strength of their communities through diversification. As we look around the room in our professional organization meetings we should ask ourselves, are we really changing? Are we aggressively proactive in changing the dynamics to how people find their way to these meetings? While independent schools (according to an Atlantic article I’m sure most of us read) educate only 2% of U.S. high school graduates, we know professionals at these schools have the influence and I believe desire to take the lead in this effort and be extremely creative in how we go about doing it. It’s time to expand our reach to help those less fortunate and diversify our membership to strengthen our ability to solve the problems within college admissions. ACCIS has unlimited potential to be a continued change agent within college counseling and access and it would be an honor and thrill to be a part of the continued effort.

Education:
BS Political Science, Lock Haven University
MA Public Administration, Kutztown University

Previous Employment:
Assistant Vice President for Enrollment & Director of Admission, Albright College

Significant Professional Development:
PACAC SI Director; PACAC At Large Delegate; NACAC Professional Development Committee; NACAC Conference Education Session presenter on numerous occasions; PCACAC Summer Institute faculty member; PACAC Government Relations Chair; PACAC William R. McClintick, Jr. Service Award; PACAC and PCACAC Conference Educational Session presenter numerous occasions; created and coordinated PACAC Support Staff Workshop, Enrollment Management Institute, and Career Colloquium; organize biannual College Counseling Roundtable at Villanova University

 

Lee Nuckolls
Fountain Valley School, Colorado Springs, CO

In 2011 I was elected as Treasurer of RMACAC, although I was not really sure what that meant. I just knew it sounded like a fun challenge. What it meant was reviewing bylaws, overhauling financial policy, working towards IRS compliance, opening bank accounts, closing bank accounts, finding board of directors insurance, filing 990’s. For me, that’s fun. Perhaps most fun of all, I spent hours learning how QuickBooks works using it to analyze expenses and revenue. I proposed we set a goal for RMACAC to, rather than lose money on the annual conference, and, without increasing cost of attendance, make one dollar.

We made a dollar and then some. What that meant was the other board members could institute a new IDEA committee, have the funds needed to support their vision, and very significantly impact the reach of RMACAC. The IDEA committee’s work has had great influence on diversifying the membership of RMACAC and therefore provides a path to leadership that better represents RMACAC membership. I didn’t do that. But I know I really helped make it so those who had the vision for that path could see it realized.

RMACAC went from NACAC’s ACAC of concern to the ACAC that could. In 2014 I joined the NACAC Finance Committee. With that position I advocated for my fellow ACAC Treasurers to have our own conference, much like ACAC Presidents’ LDI. Perhaps because I wouldn’t leave it be, they did it! Now there is a Treasurer’s Development Institute every other year for your ACAC Treasurers. I know they, and therefore your ACAC are better for it. I didn’t make your ACAC better. But I do know I helped make it so your treasurer, and therefore your board, are in a stronger position.

I now serve on the RMACAC IDEA committee. It has been glorious to, a decade later, begin to understand what it was my strengths helped to support.

I’m honored to be chosen to run for ACCIS Board. Should I be elected I would use my strengths and interests to support those who are ahead of me with knowledge and vision while also seeking ways to connect more people to the support ACCIS has the ability to provide.

For eleven years I worked in Washington University admissions, which is my alma mater. Since then I spent eleven years at two day schools: Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City, and Pace Academy in Atlanta. I am now in my sixth year at Fountain Valley School, a boarding school in Colorado Springs.

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Warren Quirett
Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA

ACCIS has helped me grow as a counselor and leader who understands the important and impactful issues that continue to affect and evolve our profession. There is an inherent value in simply having space where we, as college counselors, can intentionally convene, discuss, and share issues and experiences that are important to us and the students we serve. My journey in ACCIS began as a participant in the New Counselors Workshop, where a foundation was laid solidifying that this Association would be critical and necessary for my professional growth.

Through my involvement in ACCIS, I have merged my passion for counseling with my work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. DE&I has served at the epicenter of my professional and personal development. As an African American male in our profession, I know that representation matters! From my time on the SACAC Board to currently serving as one of three Co-Leaders of NACAC's largest special interest group, the Black and African Diaspora SIG, I understand the value of collaboration in fulfilling an organization's mission and goals. Currently, I am a member of the DE&I committee for ACCIS and serve as a social media content contributor, supporting efforts highlighting and celebrating the cultural diversity within our organization. I was overjoyed when ACCIS enacted the Commitment to Antiracist Action, taking a clear stance on how we operate as an organization to advance an antiracist agenda within our professional and school communities. If elected, I would support the initiatives that hold the Association accountable while creating development opportunities and programs that push counselors to reflect, deliberate, and commit to equity and inclusion for their students and school communities. My involvement with ACCIS, coupled with my professional development and college counseling experience, has prepared me well for board service.

It can be relatively easy to get caught up in the silos of our school communities. ACCIS continues to keep me focused on prevalent issues forecasting how I can positively impact future generations of students and educators to come. Connecting with a support system of passionate individuals who believe in the powerful role education plays in our students' lives constantly motivates me to continue being an active contributor to our Association. Board service would allow me to give back in a newer capacity while tackling and effectively solving the challenges facing our organization. To do so alongside experienced and passionate decision-makers would be a fantastic opportunity. My service would further enhance and shift my perspective of ACCIS from a micro to macro perspective. As a big-picture thinker with a deep growth mindset rooted in effective strategizing, I would focus on the future of ACCIS and our membership's needs. It's no secret of the significant impact that we, as college counselors, have within our school communities. ACCIS provides us with tangible tools and a vibrant network to flourish and contribute positively to our school communities. ACCIS continues to be an overflowing well of knowledge for me. Simply put, this opportunity would allow me to intentionally pour into the cup of an organization that continually pours into others.

Education:
M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, Northeastern University, 2020 
B.A. Political Science (International Politics), Louisiana State University, 2008

Previous Employment:
Associate Director of College Counseling, Episcopal High School, 2019-Present 
Assistant Director of College Counseling, St. Johns College High School, 2018-2019 
Senior Assistant Director of Regional Enrollment, Miami University, 2017-2018 
Assistant Director of College Counseling, Holy Innocents Episcopal School 2014-2017 
Senior Regional Admissions Counselor, Louisiana State University, 2008-2014

Significant Professional Development:
NACAC (2008-Present): Co-Leader of the Black and African Diaspora Special Interest Group National College Fair Committee, Directing a Dynamic College Counseling Program; ACCIS (2014-2017, 2019-Present): Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee, Black Affinity Group; Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling (2008- Present): Board of Directors (State and Area Initiatives Chair), Black and African Diaspora Special Interest Group Co-Leader, Regional Admissions Counselor SIG Leader, Dry Run Faculty, Silent Auction Chair; Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling (2018-Present) Conference Planning Committee (Social Chair); National Association of Independent Schools (2014- 2017, 2019-Present) People of Color Diversity Leadership Conference (African American Affinity Group Leader); Coca Cola Scholars Foundation (2016-2018) Program Reading Committee; Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (2020) Application Reader; Atlanta Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (2014-2017) Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee; Greater Atlanta Regional Network (2012-2014) Founder, President; Public Education Foundation (2011-Present) Camp College Faculty; Experienced presenter at NACAC, SACAC, PCACAC, NAIS, ACCIS

 

Louis Trujillo
Saint Ann’s School, Brooklyn, NY

With swift institutional change on behalf of colleges, parents and students navigating an increasingly complex process, and competing financial priorities from independent schools, as college counselors, we cannot forget that to engage in college counseling is to be in dialogue with the very structures upholding our country. College counseling, in 2021, does not exist in a vacuum. It is imperative to unpack and name the tectonic forces belying our college counseling field—race, class, gender, socioeconomic status, privilege, anti-Blackness, White supremacy, among others—and tie them to the larger enterprise of Education. To shepherd our students successfully and truthfully, we have the opportunity to engage in nuanced, albeit challenging, conversations about the systems that impact our student's day-to-day lives. The charge then becomes: how does our organization advocate for and empower college counselors at our schools to feel more comfortable in having these conversations, and more importantly, how do we think even more critically of our roles as partners in the collective educational experience of our schools?

My desire to join the Board is to continue asking these questions on a larger scale. I am interested in expanding on the exceptional work already being done by our leadership by advocating for more expansive programming and continuing to center diversity, equity, and inclusion at the leadership level. I am inspired by our Board Member, Amy Rogers, and the group in charge of the Commitment to Antiracist Action. Their efforts confirm that the ACCIS leadership is deliberate in engaging and envisioning a more equitable educational landscape for our members and schools. In my work with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Data Trends and Analytics Committee, I have witnessed the transformative impact of our programming on our members. From quarterly webinars to school and member-wide surveys, I have heard the invaluable takeaways ACCIS programming offers—ranging from meaningful conversations to specific action items that our members can implement in their communities. I would be honored to deepen those conversations over the coming years as a Board Committee member and implementing change at all levels of our organization.

As a Queer, Latinx, first-generation, low-income college student-cum-administrator of color at an independent school who has navigated spaces entirely different than my own, I see intersectional leadership as one of the most significant assets I would add to the Board. My experience as a former admission officer allowed me to understand the intricate layers and competing interests that established institutions contend with within the marketplace. I also witnessed the cruelty of American post-secondary education, seeing how White supremacy favored those who upheld it and belittled those who fought against it. As a college counselor, I see colleges' competing and confusing messaging disproportionately impacting underserved families and students. All of these experiences have allowed me to approach college counseling—and Education at large—with an infinitely critical, multiform lens.

I hope to amplify the voices of our BIPoC members and hold our leaders accountable in continuing the task of a more equitable organization as a Board Committee member. In doing so, I look forward to unpacking the forces impacting college counseling at independent schools and engaging in a dialogue about how that might look in your individual schools and communities. Recognizing our work is far from over, I am energized and would be honored to carry out the ongoing work of our organization and its values over the coming years.

Thank you to all of you for your vote of confidence, and I wholeheartedly thank you for the opportunity.

Education:
Ed.M. Education Policy and Management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 2022
A.B. History of Art & Architecture and Hispanic Studies, Brown University, 2009

Previous Employment:
College Counselor, Saint Ann's School (2016-present)
Associate Director of Admission, Brown University (2013-2016)
Assistant Director of Admission, Brown University (2011-2013)
Admission Officer, Brown University (2009-2011)

Significant Professional Development:
Mt. Holyoke Admissions Advisory Board; Equity and Inclusion Fellow (2020-2021), Harvard University Graduate School of Education; National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), Conference Reviewer Committee; Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Undergraduate Scholarship Reviewer; College Horizons, List Maker; Association of Black Admission/Financial Aid Officers of Ivy League & Sister Schools, Associate Member & Former Treasurer; Brown University Diversity Advisory Board, Staff Representative; National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), Member; Association of College Counselors at Independent Schools (ACCIS), Member, Data Trends and Analytics Committee and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee; New York State Association of Independent School (NYSAIS) College Counselors Conference, Attendee & Presenter; New York State Association of Independent School (NYSAIS) Diversity Conference, Presenter; National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), People of Color Conference, Attendee; International Association of College Counselors (IACAC), Member.

 

Sharon Williams
University of Chicago Lab Schools, Chicago, IL

When I was appointed the Director of College Counseling at Chatham Hall in 2013, it was my first position in which I was solely responsible for the college counseling office budget. Desiring to be a responsible steward with my institution's finances, I recall being taken aback when I received an invoice for our ACCIS membership. My previous institution had not been a member of ACCIS. I promptly sent an email to the executive director with a simple inquiry – what do I get for my money? She responded promptly and politely, later convincing me during a chance meeting that ACCIS membership was at least worth trying. I am pleased to say that 8 years and two institutions later, I too can answer that same question quite simply – more than one would ever expect. My unfamiliarity with ACCIS has been replaced with an unwavering confidence in its role as a premier professional development organization. I have come to see the ACCIS membership fee more of an investment that supports an organization that is responsible, responsive, and relevant in the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of college admissions.

What I have also discovered about ACCIS membership is that involvement is not limited to a select few. After learning much at a few summer institutes, I offered an idea for a roundtable discussion – college counseling in a boarding school setting. Little did I know that offering the idea was a foray to leading the discussion and the birth of a desire to delve more into ACCIS participation. I am grateful to have been involved with the inaugural DEI committee, which provided the opportunity to help start the Counselors of Color listserv and contribute to the first DEI Colloquium. The opportunity to serve on an ACCIS 360 audit team was a wonderfully collaborative and educational experience that only highlighted the professionalism and camaraderie that is a hallmark of this organization.

After 30+ years and a full-circle view of this work in both college and high school settings, there is a small voice that often reminds me I should be gearing up for retirement. That small voice is but a whimper compared to my ongoing desire to continue honing my skills while supporting professionals new to this side of this desk. I have indeed been at this for a while, but I am never content to rest on what I know, to keep doing things the same way I’ve always done them. That is inertia, which in my view does not serve students and families well. If we are to be truly good at this work, we must center students, and that requires us to evolve as both professionals and individuals. ACCIS has demonstrated well that is an organization that it takes this responsibility seriously as it develops programs designed to help us grow – as individuals, professionals, and institutions. I am excited for the opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity as a member of the ACCIS Board. Participation and connections in ACCIS have contributed to my professional growth for several years and I welcome the opportunity to return the favor, so to speak. I hope to draw on the strengths of my varied background, and working with forward thinking colleagues continue the growth and responsiveness that will ensure ACCIS relevance as a valued partner in the ongoing evolution of college admissions.

Education:
B.A. Black Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1986 
Graduate Coursework – Binghamton University, University of Rochester, Northern Illinois University

Previous Employment:
Director of College Counseling, Maret School (2017 – 2018) 
Director of College Counseling, Chatham Hall (2013 – 2017) 
College Counselor / Social Studies Teacher, Elgin Academy (1997 – 2013)
Associate / Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Rochester (1993 – 1997)
Assistant Director of Admissions (Educational Opportunity Program), Binghamton University (1986 – 1993)

Significant Professional Development:
Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling: Executive Board Member (Delegate – Secondary)  2020-2023, Ad-Hoc Committee on Equity and Access co-chair 2021-2022, College Access and  Preparation Co-Chair 2010-2013, National College Fair Committee; Jack Kent Cooke Foundation  Scholarship Reader 2018 and 2020; ACCIS: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee: Counselors of  Color E-list and DEI Colloquium subcommittees, Black Affinity Group co-moderator, ACCIS 360 Review Team member 2019, Summer Institute Attendee 2013 – 2018, Roundtable Facilitator 2014 and 2017); National Diversity Practitioners Institute 2020; College Summit (now Peer Forward) College Coach  1999 – 2012; POSSE DAP 1 volunteer (2019-2020)

Proposed Amendments to ACCIS Bylaws

The current ACCIS bylaws are linked here for reference, and detailed information on the proposal can be found below. 

Membership eligibility criteria
We need a greater diversity of schools and voices to be represented in our membership, but the heavy financial price tag of joining NAIS - an original and current membership criteria - hinders many schools from joining ACCIS. We hope that by untethering this requirement from our membership criteria, we will reach an even wider range of independent schools and member voices. The ACCIS Board proposes amending the eligibility criteria to include membership in a wider range of independent school organizations, as well as adding clear and explicit alignment to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Definition of “member” in the bylaws
In addition, our bylaws have always been interpreted to read that since schools were members, each school had one vote to cast in Association elections; that interpretation was supported by the use of the singular in the phrase stating that each school “shall be represented in the Association by its college counselor.” As the Association has grown and as college counseling offices grow, we do not feel that it is in the best interest of ACCIS or the range of our members’ knowledge and experience to limit the input that we can receive to only one vote per office. In addition, newer and/or BIPOC team members may not feel comfortable advocating for views or candidates that differ from their colleagues or supervisors. The ACCIS Board proposes amending the language in this section to make clear that member schools are represented by all the individuals in the college counseling office.


The proposed changes to ACCIS’s bylaws are below. The current bylaw language marked for removal is indicated by strikethrough and the proposed bylaw language to be added is underlined. 

PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Section 2.2. MEMBERS. There shall be two classes of members. Members shall be limited to independent secondary schools, each of which shall be represented in the Association by its college counselor its college counseling office staff. Membership in the second class, Associate Members, shall be limited to the persons or entities described in Section 2.2(b) of these Bylaws.

(a) Members. Membership in this class shall be limited to independent secondary schools that (i) are members of both the National Association of Independent Schools (“NAIS”) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (“NACAC”), (ii) hold non-profit status, (iii) hold membership in an independent school organization approved by the ACCIS Board of Trustees, (iv) have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, (v) are in compliance with state and federal non-discrimination policies, and (vi) pay to the Association the annual dues in effect from time to time. Members shall be entitled to vote in accordance with Section 2.13 of these Bylaws.


Section 2.4. REMOVAL OF MEMBERS. The Board of Trustees, upon the written recommendation of the Executive Committee, may suspend or remove a Member if the Member (i) is no longer a member of both of the NAIS and NACAC, (ii) does not abide by the policies and procedures of the Association, or (iii) fails to abide by both the NAIS Principles of Good Practice and the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice, each Guide to Ethical Practice in College Admission, as in effect from time to time. The Board of Trustees may vote to remove an Associate Member at any time for failure to abide by the principles of the organization. The Executive Committee may remove a Member School or any Associate Member for failure to pay dues within the time periods required by Association policy approved by the Board of Trustees and in effect from time to time.


By voting “yes” to the proposal, you are voting to expand membership eligibility to add additional association options, and to add to the membership criteria demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as compliance with relevant non-discrimination laws in hiring; a list of possible ways for prospective schools to meet the additional criteria will be provided by the Governance & Nominating Committee of the ACCIS Board. It will also mean that individuals will be able to vote in ACCIS elections, a change from the current limit of one vote per member school.

By voting “no'' to the proposal, you are voting to retain the NAIS membership requirement, limiting the membership in ACCIS to schools that can afford its substantial membership fees. You are also voting to limit voting to just one negotiated vote per school, regardless of the opinions and views of others on the college counseling team.