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#VirtualVillage: Staying Connected to Newly Admitted Students & Families

Date: Wednesday - March 25, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: eSeminar

Online via Zoom with Renee Chung and Xiomara Hall
Target audience: Admissions and Financial Aid Directors



#VirtualVillage: Staying Connected to New Students & Families

Renée Chung, Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, The Spence School
Xiomara Hall, Director of Middle & Upper School Admissions, The Chapin School 

During this eSeminar, we will discuss essential questions and recommendations for admissions and financial aid professionals to consider during school closure.

Attendees to this eSeminar can expect:

  • Best Practices
  • Maintaining energy & excitement for welcoming new students and families
  • Identify key resources and personnel for new families to contact
  • Opportunity to share ideas

Essential Questions:

  • How can we welcome new students and families virtually while maintaining the same momentum and excitement of our usual receptions and events?

  • How can we provide information and guidance for families regarding financial aid and tuition payments?

NYSAIS member schools - $25.00

Non-members - $50.00

This eSeminar will be recorded and is limited to 100 participants.

Registration closes one hour before start time. 

Register here

Renée M. Chung 
is an Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Spence School. Passionate about equitable and inclusive schools, her work focuses on recruiting and retaining families aligned with Spence’s mission to prepare a diverse community of girls and young women for the lifelong transformation of self and the world with purpose, passion, and perspective. Renée is particularly invested in helping families who have not historically considered independent schools because of structural, cultural and/or financial barriers. In addition to her admissions role, Renée is the facilitator of Spence’s Parents & Guardians of Children of Color (PGCC), a K-12 affinity and advocacy group. Renée is a Co-Chair of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Diversity Committee. Prior to joining the Spence community, Renée was the Director of Diversity at the Village Community School where she helped to develop curriculum, led faculty and staff professional development and created programming for families. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she is a proud alumna of Prep for Prep, St. Luke’s School, Trinity School and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Amherst College.

Xiomara Hall is the Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions at The Chapin School in NYC. Her experience spans all levels of admissions, enrollment, and financial aid from Early Childhood to Higher Education and includes single-sex, co-ed, and boarding school. She has brought innovative, engaging, and equitable design to admissions events and programming throughout her career. An independent school alumna herself, Xiomara taught early childhood for nine years at the beginning of her career, and currently facilitates Chapin’s Peer Leadership Program, advises the Student Global Leadership cohort, and teaches Public Speaking. Additionally, Xiomara is the co-chair of the NYSAIS Admissions’ and Placement Directors’ Conference and serves on the NYSAIS Diversity Committee. She has presented nationally at NAIS’ People of Color Conference and for both the Center for Racial Justice in Education and the CARLE Institute. She graduated with a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and received an MA from the Klingenstein Program in Independent School Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University.

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