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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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Nathan Schaefer

National Hemophilia Foundation
Senior Policy Director
Nathan Schaefer is a prominent national HIV and LGBT advocate living in New York City. Schaefer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communications from Miami University (OH) in 2003. He then attended Case Western Reserve University to achieve his Master of Science in Social Administration (MSW) in 2005. Schaefer began his career as a Government Relations Associate at the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families in Washington, DC. He then served as Director of Education and Public Policy at the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. In 2008, Schaefer moved to New York City when he became Director of Public Policy at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the nation’s oldest AIDS service organization. He was then appointed Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda in 2012, one of the country’s most reputable state-based LGBT advocacy organizations. Since 2016, he has worked as the Senior Policy Director at the National Hemophilia Foundation. Schaefer is also an active Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University of Social Work. In October 2016, the Case Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences celebrated their 100 year anniversary. Schaefer was one of ten alumni to receive the award for “Early Career Success”.