Welcome to our 2020 Virtual Conference and Reverse College Day !

This 100% virtual conference is free of charge for attendees. Conference registrants have received a link to our conference platform. If you didn't receive an email, log into https://neacrao.mclms.net/en/connect/memberclicks. You will use the same login credentials that you use for your www.neacrao.org account. 

Reverse College Day Keynote Speaker, Sydney Chaffee
Sydney Chaffee is a National Board Certified Teacher with a passion for helping diverse learners grow through authentic, relevant, interdisciplinary curricula. Sydney believes that education is an essential tool to work towards social justice. It can transform students’ self-perceptions and arm them to fight for a more just world. Throughout the school year, Sydney and her students seek to answer big questions: What is justice? How have people resisted injustice throughout history? What power do people have to change the world?
As 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, Sydney appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with her colleagues across the state, advocate for the profession to be elevated and respected, and continue to learn from her students. As 2017 National Teacher of the Year, she was able to speak to a wider audience about the value of public education for all students, the possibilities of integrating arts education into traditional academic disciplines, the importance of teacher learning, and the role of education in social justice movements. Her TED talk has been viewed over 1.3 million times on TED.com.


Annual Conference Business Meeting and Keynote Speaker, Aria Mia Loberti

Aria Mia Loberti recently graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Rhode Island, triple majoring in Philosophy, Communication Studies, and Political Science, with minors in Ancient Greek and Rhetoric. She is a 2020/2021 Fulbright Award recipient, through which she is pursuing an MRes in Rhetoric from Royal Holloway, University of London. Upon the completion of her Fulbright, she will pursue a MA/Ph.D. in Rhetoric at Penn State University. Loberti also has advocated for human rights at home and abroad, including at the United Nations, and has been featured in forums such as Huffington Post, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and TED. 
Aria, born with a rare eye condition called Achromatopsia, is legally blind. As a result of her experiences fighting for her right to an education, she has been an advocate for as long as she can remember; her first experience with publicly speaking out for her rights came at just four years old to the RI House Finance Committee. She now has experience as a U.N. youth delegate, U.N. Women speaker, and U.N. Outstanding Youth Award recipient.

Alongside her Guide Dog, Ingrid, Aria shares her story of resilience and optimism in the face of adversity - from her difficulties getting fair access to an education as a child, to her pursuit of her goals and dreams as a college student, grad student, and aspiring scholar. Her mission is to not only de-stigmatize vision loss and dismantle stereotypes surrounding disability, but to inspire others to embrace change, empathy, resilience, and hope in the face of any barrier.

Schedule of Events

Reverse College Day
Wednesday, November 4
10 AM-12 PM Virtual College Fair
1 PM Keynote Speaker: Sydney Chaffee
2 PM Session A- College Counseling a New Context
3 PM Session B- Mental Health in a Virtual World by Jocelyn Cash-Sailor, LCSW

Annual Conference
Thursday, November 5
9:30 AM-11 AM Business Meeting & Keynote Speaker: Aria Mia Loberti

11:15 AM-12 PM Session 1 (3 concurrent sessions)
1A- Promoted from Peer to Leader
1B- Unconscious Bias in Admissions and Registration
1C- Scheduling in the time of COVID

1 PM-2 PM Session 2: Plenary Session
Underrepresented Minorities in Higher Education- AACRAO Caucus Chairs

2:15 PM-3 PM Session 3 (3 concurrent sessions)
3A- How the Clearinghouse Can Help with College Enrollment and Attainment
3B- An Evolving Role, The Registrar as a Mentor
3C- Registrar Roundtable