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The College Essay Guy Podcast: A Practical Guide to College Admissions

Feb 11, 2019


For this episode, which is Part 2 of 3 on my series on access and equity, I interview Marie Bigham of ACCEPT. Marie and I jam on 30 practical ways that you can increase your participation in equity and justice in the world of college admissions and beyond.

Whether you’re a parent, student, counselor, or admissions rep, you’ll find something for you.


Marie Bigham is the founder of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity and Peace Today, a social media-based action group for the admissions profession, which received the Excellence in Education Award from the National Association for College Admissions Counseling AND was honored by Facebook at the 2017 Facebook Community Summit

With over 20 years in the profession, Marie has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC); as Vice Chair of the Board for Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS); and on the Board of Directors of Texas Association of College Admissions Counseling (TACAC).

Marie is also the Director of College Counseling at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans.


On this episode we discuss:

  • Why you should maybe consider not using the word “ally”
  • How to stand up for others, even when -- or especially when -- it’s most uncomfortable
  • 10 specific ways counselors and colleges can help build a more inclusive environment on their campuses
  • Where anyone can find a treasure trove of resources on racial equity


Hope this inspires!

For more information, and to download a PDF of these resources, head over to