Summer Institute for International Counselors Focuses on Access, Culture and Heritage
Summer Institute for International Counselors Focuses on Access, Culture and HeritageKeanine Griggs, Communications Assistant, College Board
For more than four decades, the College Board’s Summer Institute for International Counselors has provided training for counselors, focusing on skills and strategies that can help students in international settings understand the college admission process.
Hosted by New York University, this year’s institutes have been facilitated on three global stages. In the spring, two events took place at the NYU global campuses of Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. The third took place at NYU’s main campus in New York City. The weeklong event at NYU brought together counselors and advisors from over 40 countries, ranging from Taiwan to Peru. Counselors provided insight and engaging dialogue about their roles in university counseling.
During remarks, Linda Liu, the College Board’s vice president for International, emphasized the role of counselors in international secondary schools. “The idea of every student having someone in their life that can guide them and ensure that they are taking advantages that they’ve earned is powerful one,” said Liu. For many international students, having a counselor is a link to college and career aspirations in the U.S.
Admissions officers from premier universities—Columbia, Wesleyan, University of California-Berkley, University of Pennsylvania—and experienced international counselors led the summer sessions, which focused on central themes that counselors can use with their students.
At the welcoming ceremony, Shawn Abbott, assistant vice president and dean of admissions at NYU, praised counselors for participating in the Summer Institute. “I think one of the things that you’ll discover rather quickly is that as much as you are likely to learn from any type of lecture,” he said, “you are likely to be equally enriched by the network that you are about to develop.”
The dialogue of the Summer Institute centers on inclusion, culture, and heritage. At the open dinner, individuals participated in the institute tradition known as “Jack’s Lounge,” where participants are encouraged to bring cultural artifacts and embrace conversation about various trips. Each story, conversation, and interaction provided new methods and connections for the future—a concept that the Institute hopes counselors will pass on to their students.
For more information on the College Board’s professional learning opportunities for secondary school administrators, teachers, and counselors worldwide, visit https://professionals.collegeboard.org/prof-dev/international.