Upcoming Programs

TO REGISTER FOR ANY ACCIS PROGRAM:
ACCIS programs are open to current ACCIS members (and invited presenters) only. Attendees must have membership accounts to register. In advance of registration, please have your school's primary account holder add additional colleagues (Office Assistants as well as College Counselors) to your school account.  

Are you a college/university interested in hosting an ACCIS program? Email Emmi Harward, ACCIS Executive Director, to discuss!

For ALL 2022 ACCIS Summer Programs: All attendees are required to have the CDC recommended "up to date" COVID-19 vaccination status  -- base dose(s) plus booster -- prior to arrival. Information to send proof of vaccination will be sent to registered attendees closer to the event.


Scroll for more information on upcoming programs or click on a program below. More information about ACCIS programs can be found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above

College Tours
Colloquium
New Counselor Workshop
New Directors Workshop 
Office Assistants Programs
Summer Institute
Post-Summer Institute College Tour


College Tours

ACCIS College Tours will return when we are able to plan beyond current budget, travel, and safety limitations. Stay tuned.

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Office Assistants Programs

ACCIS Office Assistants Program Virtual Edition!
March 15-16, 2022
Registration fee is $150.

Thank you for joining us!

This unique opportunity for college counseling office/administrative assistants features the discussion of best practices in working with the counselors, families, processes, and the information technology that is all at the heart of our college counseling work. During the program, participants gather for two days of dialogue, idea exchange, and collaboration. Participants depart having gained knowledge and a network of colleagues for continued professional communication and support.

The 2022 schedule is linked here.

Virtual program to include:

  • Topical and timely discussions driven by participant survey
  • Breakout/small group discussions to share ideas and crowdsource best practices
  • Sessions on diversity, equity & inclusion in the College Counseling Office; info from technology platform providers
  • Option of sessions led by volunteer participants

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


New Counselor Workshop

University of Oregon
June 24-26, 2022
Registration fee is $500 (including single-occupancy on-campus housing Friday-Saturday nights; commuter fee is $450)
View Schedule at-a-glance here!

All attendees are required to have the CDC recommended "up to date" COVID-19 vaccination status  -- base dose(s) plus booster -- prior to arrival. Information to send proof of vaccination will be sent closer to the event.

Thank you for joining us! 

The New Counselor Workshop is designed for college counselors from 0 to 2 years of experience who are new to the work, whether shifting from another role in independent schools, moving from college admission, or approaching the role from another background or lens entirely. This gathering focuses on essential skills, knowledge, and strategies for guiding students and families through the college search process, learning about college options, and networking resources for continued professional growth. Additionally, the faculty is committed to offering all sessions and facilitating all discussions using a DE&I lens by incorporating/focusing on the range of populations in our schools. The program is limited to 40 attendees. 

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Summer Institute

University of Oregon
June 26-29, 2022

Registration fee is $600 (including single-occupancy on-campus housing Sunday-Tuesday nights; commuter fee is $500)
View Schedule at-a-glance here!

Thank you for joining us! 

All attendees are required to have the CDC recommended "up to date" COVID-19 vaccination status  -- base dose(s) plus booster -- prior to arrival. Information to send proof of vaccination will be sent closer to the event.

ACCIS Summer Institute remains a highlight of the year for our members. Visit a host college/university campus for intentional time together to share our own experience and expertise with colleagues and friends as they share their own. This is what makes our flagship professional development event different from other conferences; every conversation is relevant to the work of college counseling in independent schools. Join us as we come together to ask and answer questions, and much more. Summer Institute capacity is 275 attendees. 

The Summer Institute schedule includes member-led Educational Sessions and Roundtable discussions, Affinity Groups, as well as a fantastic Keynote speaker! We are thrilled to introduce our Keynote, Dr. Michelle M. Jacob. She is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation and is Professor of Indigenous Studies and Co-Director of the Sapsik’ʷałá Program in the Department of Education Studies at the University of Oregon, where she also serves as Affiliated Faculty in the Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies and in the Environmental Studies Program. Michelle has published six books and has numerous articles published in social science, education, and health science research journals, as well as a strong grant writing track record. Her research areas of interest include Indigenous methodologies, spirituality, health, education, Native feminisms, and decolonization. As a gifted storyteller herself, Dr. Jacob will speak to us on storytelling in our own work. Thanks to REVOLUTION PREP for their support and sponsorship of our Keynote Speaker.

Thanks to COMPASS EDUCATION GROUP for their generous support and partnership in Summer Institute. 

*Portland-area colleges, including Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Reed College, and University of Portland, will also welcome ACCIS counselors for campus tours following Summer Institute. Details and instructions for registering for these tours directly with the colleges can be found LINKED HERE. Transportation to Portland will not be provided.

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Post-Summer Institute College Tour

ACCIS Post-Summer Institute College Tour
Oregon State University and Willamette University
June 29-30, 2022
Registration fee is $200, which includes one-way transportation and one night single occupancy hotel

Thank you for joining us! 

Oregon State University and Willamette University have partnered with ACCIS to offer campus visits and an overnight stay on Wednesday, June 29 after the end of Summer Institute. The tour is limited to 40 attendees. 

Schedule:
8:00 am - Bus pick-up at University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
9:00 am - 1:00 pm - Visit and Lunch at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Visit and Dinner Reception at Willamette University in Salem, OR
- Optional evening activities in Salem
- Overnight at the Grand Hotel, Salem

Because tour attendees will be departing for various destinations at the end of the tour, Thursday morning transportation will be on your own. A shuttle from the Salem airport to the Portland airport or the Eugene airport is available for approximately $40 one-way. ACCIS will provide more information on shuttle booking to registrants. 

*Portland-area colleges, including Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Reed College, and University of Portland, will also welcome ACCIS counselors for campus tours following Summer Institute. Details and instructions for registering for these tours directly with the colleges can be found LINKED HERE. Transportation to Portland will not be provided.

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Colloquium 

Rec Writers Workshop
Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
July 24-27, 2022 
Registration fee is $300 which includes most meals on campus; registrants will pay for housing separately.
View Schedule at-a-glance here!

All attendees are required to have the CDC recommended "up to date" COVID-19 vaccination status  -- base dose(s) plus booster -- prior to arrival. Information to send proof of vaccination will be sent closer to the event.

Thank you for joining us! 

Back by popular demand, Colloquium 2022 will be the return of our Rec Writers Workshop – this year in person at Colorado College! We will arrive on Sunday, July 24 and finish with lunch on Wednesday, July 27. Overnight accommodations will be in downtown Colorado Springs at the brand new SpringHill Suites just a short distance from the CC campus; registrants will pay for housing separately. The program is limited to 40 attendees. 

The goal of the Rec Writers Workshop is to help college counselors sharpen their skills in recommendation letter-writing. The program is focused on writing philosophy (why we write), writing practice (how we write), and writing skill (what or how well we write). The Workshop will begin with a conversation centered on letter writing philosophy and positive feedback, and will also include a panel of experienced enrollment leaders discussing how they are utilizing letters and what is most valuable in their review process. In addition, there will be a half-day visit for counselors to learn more about Colorado College.

The cornerstone of the program comes in breakout groups: small groups of participants who read and review each other's writing. It can feel daunting to share your writing and receive feedback, so we'll focus on building trust within each group through personal connections and a positive, intentional tone. Sessions will offer participants the chance to have a few of their letters reviewed with warmth and positivity by trusted professional peers. 

Additionally, a session with experienced enrollment leaders will allow participants to hear directly from admission offices about how they are utilizing letters and what is most valuable in their review process.

Finally, time will be allocated to applying ideas and suggestions from the peer review to gain additional feedback. Writing time is built into the program, so plan to bring materials to draft one or two new letters. Participants will have the opportunity to put into practice what they've learned, potentially trying out a new approach or letter format.

Workshop members will:

  • Share two pre-written recommendation letters with their group
  • Offer honest, supportive feedback to peers without judgment
  • Seek to build confidence in fellow writers
  • Learn from each conversation
  • Support each other as we take risks and aim to continually improve as writers

For those that attended the virtual workshop in 2021, this year’s program will be centered on the same framework that we used virtually. In person, there will be more writing time, new panelists, and of course the organic opportunities to share ideas and practice writing that are more easily facilitated at an in-person workshop.

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Colloquium Virtual Edition!
February 15-17, 2022

Thank you for joining us!

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is excited to bring you ACCIS’s second DE&I Colloquium to be held virtually Tuesday, February 15 to Thursday, February 17. There has never been a better time for us to engage together in the important work of equity and justice as an Association. As college counselors who are guiding and advising future generations every day in our work, we too should be allies in the work of diversity, equity and inclusion. Join us for three days of engaging in critical conversations and the important work required for us all to learn and grow together. The Virtual Colloquium schedule is linked here

Colloquium Highlights:

  • Keynote sessions led by The Wells Collective and our college counseling colleagues
  • A workshop facilitated by Gender Spectrum designed to establish an “understanding of gender diversity and approaches for applying them to professional practice”
  • Cohort discussions will follow each keynote session to allow for more in-depth engagement around these important topics. Cohorts conversations are designed to provide a more intimate conference experience for the participants.
  • Affinity group sessions will provide safe and supportive spaces where participants will be able to engage freely in important conversations.
  • Roundtable discussions will take a deeper dive into current issues with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Questions? Please contact Michele Davis, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee co-chair, [email protected].

General information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.


New Directors Workshop

July 2023 - dates TBD

The New Directors Workshop runs every other year and will return in 2023. 

More information about this program is found by clicking on the "Programs" tab in the header bar above.