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2018-19 Adviser Forum East has ended
**Reminders: Please bring a notebook and pen to every session, and wear your CAC name badge at all times.**

Dear CAC family,

Welcome to our Adviser Forum East in New York City! We are thrilled to have you here in the Big Apple and are grateful to our host chapter, the awesome NYU Corps!

Our theme this year goes to the heart of CAC’s mission -- Advancing Opportunity. The goal over the next few days is to recommit ourselves to advancing opportunity in various ways. We hope you will discover best practices from your peers, engage with the research, reflect on your journey and what may lie ahead by interacting with the alumni panel and industry workshops, and be inspired by our guest speakers whose stories capture in powerful ways the journey to advancing opportunity.

On behalf of our national team and Board of Directors, we are grateful for the work that each of you — 716 advisers serving 210,000 students in 16 states across the country — do every day. We continue to build a national movement at a critical time in our nation’s history. Let us commit to ensuring every student hears those four key words, “I believe in you” and, together, we advance opportunity.

It is an honor to serve with you!

Yours,
Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps
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Lori Chajet

College Access: Research & Action (CARA)
Co-Director
Lori Chajet, PhD, Co-Director co-founded CARA in 2011 with the goal of creating an organization that addressed the challenges first-generation college students, low-income students, and students of color faced in college access and persistence. As Co-Director, in addition to managing CARA’s organizational development, Lori oversees CARA’s College Allies, Right to College, and College Inquiry programs. Lori began her education career at Brown University and got a Masters in Teaching at Columbia’s Teachers College. She spent 6 years teaching at East Side Community High School, after which she completed a doctorate in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center, focusing her research on the college experiences of small school graduates. Lori continued to work with new small schools as a staff developer and began to combine her understanding of school change and college access to create programs to better meet the needs of first-generation college students. Prior to co-founding CARA, Lori was Acting Director of The Institute of Urban Education at Eugene Lang College/The New School and Co-Director for the Institute for Student Achievement’s College Inquiry and College Knowledge projects. Lori has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College and Eugene Lang College.