Lawrence Alexander is the Director of College Counseling and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at White Mountain. Lawrence is excited to dedicate a large part of his summer to several leadership conferences throughout the region. Learn more about his summer plans below.
What are your goals and plans for this summer?
My goal this summer is to become a better professional so that our students at White Mountain experience greater success. In June, Allison Letourneau represented our diversity and inclusion steering committee at the Lakes Region Inclusion Directors Summit held at Brewster Academy. There, we created a central calendar for inclusion events occurring in the Lakes Region for the 2018-2019 school year. This calendar is the first step of many efforts to increase programmatic support for our faculty and students who are passionate about social justice, allyship, and inclusion.
I will be spending my fourth summer at Columbia University, serving as the director of the Leadership and Innovation Program by Summerfuel, working with aspiring high school entrepreneurs from around the world.
I am also serving in the first year of a three-year appointment as a member of the New England Association for College Admissions Counselors (NEACAC) Summer Institute Faculty. Summer Institute will run from July 23-26 at Providence College.
What is the NEACAC Summer Institute?
The Summer Institute, or “SI” as it is affectionately known, is for admissions counselors in high schools and universities with two years of experience or fewer. With the support of institute faculty, they develop essential skills and explore critical issues in our profession. I have the pleasure of joining a wonderful group of colleagues from all over our great region.
What do you hope to take away from these experiences?
I hope to share my experience and knowledge with new professionals, learn from seasoned ones, and expand my networks within the profession so that I can create more college options for my students.
I had a mentor once tell me that “your network is your net worth” and I’ve never forgotten that. Our students’ opportunities for success are only as viable as our professional networks. I believe firmly in this.
Why are these a great opportunities for you in your role at WMS?
We have a wonderful opportunity and challenge as a small boarding school in northern New Hampshire. Our intentional campus and geographic setting enable us to build a dynamic, inclusive, and supportive community. That said, we learn and work in relative isolation with regard to our peer schools. We must extend our reach beyond our campus in order to create robust programming for our students and to develop our faculty professionally. I hope to model that in my work.