Brandeis partners with Waltham High to bring guidance counselor to national meeting

Brandeis University has joined a national campaign to enable more public high school guidance counselors, especially those who work with underserved students, to attend the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual meeting in San Diego next October.

Brandeis was the third school pulled into the social media campaign, the High School Counselor Challenge, which encourages colleges and universities to pledge to cover the cost of a high school guidance counselor to attend the conference. Bates College kicked off the campaign by announcing it accepted the challenge and then called out Pitzer College to follow suit. The California college, in turn, tapped Brandeis to do the same.

To honor its commitment, Brandeis offered to cover the cost of a Waltham High School guidance counselor to attend the conference. This includes travel, hotel, meals and conference registration. Brandeis also continued the challenge by asking Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., to participate.

“Brandeis is thrilled to participate in the high school counselor challenge,” said Jennifer Walker, executive director of admissions. “By funding a counselor from Waltham High to attend the conference, we are investing in both the counselor and the students. These counselors are advocates who work tirelessly to provide support and resources to college-bound students, and their voices should be heard in the national dialogue about school counseling. At its core, this is about social justice in the work of higher education; it aligns perfectly with who we are as a university.”


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