Guiding the Way to Inclusion

Annual Conference and GWI 2017oacac

Sunday, March 26 – Monday, March 27
Hilton Columbus/Polaris

The  2017 annual conference will offer high-impact educational sessions and excellent networking opportunities—in a convenient location and at a great value.  In addition to the Annual Conference programming, the OACAC flagship workshop, Guiding the Way to Inclusion, offered dedicated, educational sessions on Sunday and throughout Monday.

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2017 OACAC Annual Conference Registration Booklet

  • W9.OHVendor Form
  • Registration deadline: March 20th
  • Hotel deadline: February 24th

CLICK HERE to book your hotel with the OACAC Conference Rate.

Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring an event during the conference? Register today!   

Jeff Schiffman, Director of Admissions – Tulane University

We have a line-up of great presenters and speakers including Keynote Speaker Jeff Schiffman, Director of Admissions from Tulane University and NACAC speaker Tamara Siler, from Rice University. In keeping with the “fun” aspect of the conference we have a Spring Break theme that should prove for some terrific memories.

Tamara Siler, Rice University

Registration materials are now live as of December 15th and you may register and book your hotel. We hope to have you join in the camaraderie, education, and good times that characterizes Annual Conference and GWI. For those of you with spring break at this time, I hope you’ll consider joining us. I believe you will find the conference invigorating and refreshing.


The Guiding the Way to Inclusion Workshop is designed as a one-day drive-in workshop for both high school and college admission counselors who serve underrepresented populations, including but not limited to: students of color (African-American, Latino, American Indian, Asian, etc.), first generation students, Appalachian students, students of different sexual orientations, and low-income students.

For those professionals wanting a more extended involvement, the workshop also includes a Fireside Chat. The Fireside Chat takes place the morning prior to the formal program and provides attendees with an additional opportunity to discuss current industry ideas and trends, all while in an informal and interactive setting. The Fireside Chat often provides an ideal venue for networking amongst attendees.

The goal/mission of the workshop is two-fold:

To address issues pertinent to counseling, recruiting and enrolling underrepresented populations in institutions of higher education.
To serve as an outreach tool, giving both high school and college admission counselors who work with underrepresented populations the opportunity to network and to strategize methods to assist underrepresented populations.

The expected outcomes of the workshop are:

To equip high school and college admission counselors with suggestions, ideas, and techniques to assist with college bound students from underrepresented populations.
To provide a networking environment for high school and college admission counselors that fosters positive and productive working relationships to be used in assisting college bound students from underrepresented populations.

Emily Porter serves as the chairperson of GWI.  She can be reached at