The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling is an organization of counseling professionals dedicated to serving students as they explore options and make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. IACAC members are counselors, admission or financial aid officers, active retirees, or school counseling program graduate students who are concerned about the future of education in the State of Illinois and in the nation. IACAC is committed to maintaining high standards which foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process.
To support and advance the work of counselors as they help students realize their full educational potential, with particular emphasis on the transition from secondary schools to colleges and universities and with attention to access and equality for all students.
In all that IACAC does, we embrace and celebrate the diversity of our organization, the students we serve and the communities we strive to educate.
IACAC respectfully acknowledges that the lands we now call Illinois are the ancestral homelands of many Tribal Nations including: the people of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa, the Peoria, Kaskaskia, Piankashaw, Wea, Miami, Mascoutin, Sauk and Fox, Mesquaki, Kickapoo, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, and Chickasaw Nations.
IACAC strives to be an inclusive, diverse association of admission and counseling professionals. We work to support each other and assume positive intent of all colleagues.
- Speak from personal experience and avoid generalizations
- Don’t assume someone else’s intentions, and limit your comments to their specific words or actions
- Listen up – if you tend to speak up, leave open space for others to step in, and use this space to listen
- Step up – if you tend to be quieter at meetings, consider adding your voice
- Encourage and credit others – remember to give appropriate credit when building off the contributions of peers
- Evaluate biases within systems and processes
- Multiple truths and norms exist, make space for that
- Spell out acronyms and explain non-universal terms
- Utilize closed captioning where available for virtual presentations
- Consider physical limitations and accommodations when hosting in-person events
- Encourage sharing of pronoun identification upon introductions