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2021 Newcomers Conference

Registration for the 2021 CACRAO Newcomers Conference is now available.  This year, Newcomers is a virtual Brown Bag Lunch Series!  It will be held from July 12 thru August 31.  All live sessions will take place at noon. With the intention of removing a barrier to participation, we will be offering the 2021 Newcomers Conference free of charge to member institutions.     

Each week, a seasoned professional will present on a self-contained topic.  To enhance the learning opportunity and continue the conversation, participants will be provided with questions and discussion points to bring back to their respective offices. 

The goal of the Newcomers Conference is to provide an orientation to the admissions profession.  Being mindful that new staff members' start dates will vary, we will leave the registration open through the last session at the end of August.  Session topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Enrollment Management
  • What I Wish I Knew in my First Year
  • Recruitment Travel: College Fairs & School Visits
  • A career in Admissions: Exploring and mapping your progression
  • Building Relationships with School Counselors
  • College Foundation of North Carolina + SC Commission on Higher Education
  • Customer Service
  • Public Speaking / Presentation Skills

As each session is scheduled, we will continue to update the information below with a detailed schedule.  Please register here to access the upcoming virtual Brown Bag Lunch Series.   

Live Sessions

Date Session Topic Time Presenters Recording
Tue, Jul 13 What I Wish I Knew in my First Year Noon Liliann Pineda; Justin Richardson; Courtney Sola Link
Mon, Jul 19 CACRAO Programming & Recruitment Travel Noon Matt Cash Link
Tue, Jul 27 Admissions Career: Exploring and mapping your progression Noon Natalie McCook; Jameson Donnell; Lisa Bracken; Mack Palmour; Sara MacKenzie Link
Thu, Aug 5 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Noon Ronnie Chalmers Link
Wed, Aug 11 Building Relationships with School Counselors Noon Lisa Coté Link
Wed, Aug 18 College Foundation of North Carolina  Noon April Query  Link
Wed, Aug 25 Customer Service Noon Jessica Horne Link
Wed, Sep 1 Public Speaking / Presentation Skills Noon Derek Doss Link


Key Contacts

If you have questions about the Newcomers Conference, contact Abey T. Dessie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kenneth Roach at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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