College Advising After the Supreme Court’s Decision to Ban Race-Conscious Admissions

The Supreme Court’s decision in SFFA vs. Harvard/UNC, which banned the consideration of race in college admissions decisions, left many questions unanswered and created confusion for students and the professionals who help them apply to college.

As part of our ongoing commitment to anti-racism and diversity, Education Reform Now held a series of webinars to help counselors, advisors, and mentors advise their students and students of color in particular. Their focus was on identifying best practices through a series of discussions with experts from higher admissions offices, high schools, college access organizations, and others.

This webinar series was intended to help school counselors and advisors at community-based organizations understand and advise students on:

  • What the SFFA decision said and didn’t say
  • List building, recruitment, and outreach
  • Essays
  • Extracurriculars
  • Letters of recommendation
  • School profiles
  • Campus climate
  • Financial aid

Webinar Recording

Webinar 1 (Northeast): Yulia Korovikov (Associate Dean of Admissions & Director of Recruitment, Swarthmore College); Alicia Oglesby (Associate Director of College Counseling, Winchester Thurston School)

Webinar 2 (South): Andrew Borst (VP of Enrollment Management, University of Georgia), Carolyn Blair (School Counselor, Clayton Schools, MO), Andrew Moe (Matriculate), Sara Urquidez (ASP Dallas and Houston)

Webinar 3 (Great Lakes): Beth Arey (School Counselor, Evanston Township High School), Veronica Hauad (Deputy Dean of Admissions, University of Chicago), Meredith Lombardi (Common Application), Aya Waller-Bey (University of Michigan, Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow).

Webinar 4 (West): Kirk Brennan (Director of Admission, University of Southern California), Candice Mackey (School Counselor, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies), CJ Powell (NACAC)