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The Seat in Class Next to Me Will Always Stay Open

“The Seat in Class Next to Me Will Always Stay Open”
The Obstacles Facing Students of Color Who Attend a Predominantly White Institution

Lucas Frankel
College Counselor
Shady Side Academy

You are a college counselor having an introductory meeting with a student. This student has done everything asked of them in high school. Top of the class in GPA, praised for a stellar work ethic, active in multiple passion projects, and well-respected in the community. The student is now embarking on their college process and has asked you to help identify some academically viable colleges. What strategies are you going to use to support this student?

Now what if I told you that this is a student of color? Does that change any of the strategies you just considered?


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The Counselor Bias: Recognizing Privilege and Biases in College Counseling

The Counselor Bias: Recognizing Privilege and Biases in College Counseling
A Diversity, Equity & Inclusion AdmitAll Post

Lucas Frankel
College Counselor
Shady Side Academy

Featuring Lawrence Alexander, Carney Sandoe & Associates Search Consultant and career educator

A blank canvas.  A chance to build something.  Opportunities to learn, not just about the student sitting across from you, but maybe about yourself, your profession, and life.  When meeting a counselee for the first time, the excitement fills the room – this student could do anything! Be anyone! Change the world!  It is this thrill that brings counselors back year after year to work with anxious and amazing teenagers.


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