2019 Super Conference


2019 Super Conference
May 20 – 22, 2019

2019 SuperConference


PNACAC, RMACAC, and WACAC join forces
Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, AZ

Conference at a Glance

The Western, Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain ACAC’s are pleased to invite you to Phoenix, Arizona May 20-22 for the 2019 Super Conference! This year’s conference theme is “Dare to Dream” – to challenge the status quo, think big, and dream of better ways to serve our students in the coming years. The Arizona Grand Resort and Spa will be the perfect place to decompress and get rejuvenated through sharing, learning and fellowship with Super colleagues and local friends.

  • Rooms at the Arizona Grand are sold out, but space remains available at three overflow hotels: the Residence Inn Tempe ($169/night + tax), the TownePlace Suites by Marriott ($79/night + tax) and The Holiday Inn Express & Suites ($109/night + tax).
  • Meals included: pre-conference/IDEA sessions breakfast and lunch on Monday, first timers/local counselors lunch on Monday, opening reception with extra heavy appetizers on Monday, Tuesday breakfast & lunch, Tuesday dinner at the social, Wednesday breakfast.
  • Organizations, colleges and universities who wish to provide support for the Super Conference may click here for more information. Thank you for supporting your colleagues!
  • Attendees are also encouraged to visit local college campuses before or after the conference – go to RMACAC to review options and register.
  • The deadline to request a conference refund is April 15, 2019. We retain a $75 non-refundable processing fee. Please submit requests in writing to info@rmacac.org. You are responsible for cancelling your hotel reservation directly with the hotel.
  • Click HERE for detailed Exhibitor and Sponsorship Information.
  • Click HERE to download the 2019 SuperACAC Conference Sessions.
  • We have a brand new mobile guide for your use on Guidebook where you will get the most up-to-date, in-depth, and critical conference information. Please note that some information historically provided in our printed materials, including conference schedules with session descriptions, etc., will not be available in your printed book this year and will be found exclusively in Guidebook. So, don’t forget to bring your smartphone, tablet or web-enabled device (ie, iPod Touch) and your charger to the conference! Get our guide here. Adroid and iOS users: 1) Tap the “Download” button to download the free Guidebook app. 2) Open Guidebook and you can find our “Super ACAC III: dare to Dream” guide. 3) Tap “Enter passphrase” and enter daretodream to download our guide.


Register by February 28 for Early Bird Rates



Ends 2/28

Ends 4/27 Begins 4/28
MEMBER $275 $350 $425
NON-MEMBER $325 $400 $475
Counselor College Fair (May 21, 2019) $125 $125 $175
EXHIBITOR $1,100 * = Booth and 1 staff
$175 * – per additional staff
IDEA (May 20, 2019) $90
Pre-Conference (May 20, 2019) $90

* Each person who uses the $175 “additional exhibitor” rate must have a colleague from their organization registered using the $1,100 exhibitor rate.

Credit card is the preferred method of payment for the 2019 Super Conference. Should you (or your institution) wish to PAY BY CHECK after you are registered, please remit payment to:

c/o Julie Kutsner
PO Box 62370
Colorado Springs, CO 80962


Keynote Speakers – Dare to Dream

The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admissions Counseling, Rocky Mountain Association for College Admissions Counseling, and Western Association for College Admissions Counseling Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers for the Superconference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mandy Manning

National Board-Certified Teacher and National Teacher of the Year – Joel E. Ferris High School

Mandy Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Ms. Manning uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Ms. Manning will encourage educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences.

Ms. Manning strives to create connections between her students and the community inside and outside of the school. Her students work in the student store and she encourages other students to visit and volunteer in the Newcomer Center. She also invites district leaders, campus resource officers, community members of color, and professional writers to visit her classroom. The visits help her students learn cultural expectations and how to express themselves effectively. In return, her students teach these leaders where they come from, who they are, and the beauty they add to the school district.

Ms. Manning is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught for the past 19 years, seven of which have been in her current role. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Washington University, a Masters of Arts from West Texas A & M University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.

Dr. Nolan Cabera

Associate Professor – Center for the Study of Higher Education, University of Arizona

Dr. Nolan Cabrera is a nationally- recognized expert in the areas of racism/anti- racism on college campuses, whiteness, and ethnic studies. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, and was the only academic featured in the MTV documentary White People. He has given hundreds of lectures, keynote addresses, and trainings, throughout the country on challenging racism/whiteness, working through unconscious bias, creating inclusive college campuses, and the expansion of ethnic studies programs. Dr. Cabrera was an expert witness in the Tucson Unified Mexican American Studies case (Arce v. Douglas), which is the highest-profile ethnic studies case in the country’s history.

Dr. Cabrera’s new book, White Guys on Campus: Racism, White Immunity, and the Myth of “Post-Racial” Higher Education, is a critical examination of race in higher education, centering whiteness, in an effort to unveil the frequently unconscious habits of racism among white male undergraduates.

Dr. Cabrera is an award-winning scholar whose numerous publications have appeared in some of the most prestigious journals in the fields of education and racial studies. He completed his graduate work at UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change and earned his BA from Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (Education focus).

Register for the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Institute

The IDEA Institute is a pre-conference program to the 2019 Super Conference designed to assist educational professional at all levels, to work successfully with a more diverse populations whose needs differ from those of the majority population. Individuals with all ranges of underrepresented student work experience are encouraged to add this to enhance your professional development experience at the Super Conference.
This year, we have a unique opportunity to have an interactive experience called Factuality. Factuality the Game is a 90 minute game focusing on structural inequality in America. The game engages participants in a discussion that explores the areas of racial, ethnic, gender, faith, and sexual orientation discrimination, privilege, gender and racial pay gaps, redlining and gentrification, median income averages by race and gender, (mental) health disparities, prison and bail disparities, education inequity, and intersectionality. The game was created by Natalie Gillard and has been facilitated across many universities, high schools, and organizations.

Additionally, we will have a couple of breakout sessions covering topics around college access for undocumented students and care for scholars of color. The IDEA Institute is an opportunity you can’t miss!