Independent School Equity & Access Conference and College Fair

We invite you to the 2023 Westtown School Independent School Equity and Access Conference and College Fair on Saturday, October 14, 2023, on Westtown School’s campus.  This event is open and free of charge to all middle and high school students and their families. 

Since 2005, Westtown has hosted this biennial conference and college fair with a goal of creating space for substantive conversations with students and their families regarding issues of belonging, equity, access, inclusion, and allyship. The event will offer a variety of panel presentations, student-led discussions, and a college fair with almost 100 colleges expected to attend. The panel presentations include Anatomy of an Application, Recruitment and Playing Sports in College, What’s Great About Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Paying for College: Planning and Saving, Financial Aid, and Merit Scholarships.


There will be no charge for students, parents, guardians, or high school/community-based-organizations (CBO). If you are attending the workshop and college fair, you must register on the StriveScan site. Your barcode will give you access to the morning workshops and afternoon college fair.

Choose the following when you register:
Event location: Pennsylvania
Event you are attending: October 14, 2023 –  Independent School Equity & Access College Fair

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Schedule of the Day

12:30 – 1:30  p.m.    Workshop Check-In and Room Location 

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.     Grab and Go Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.       Conference Workshops: First Block (Learn about the sessions here)

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.       Conference Workshops: Second Block (Learn about the sessions here)

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.       Break 

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.        Reception for School Personnel and Community Based Organizations

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.     Conference Assembly: Keynote Speaker and Panel Discussion

Ashley M. Pallie 
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions &
Chief Admissions Officer
California Institute of Technology

Priscilla Alicea
Assistant VP for Undergraduate Admissions
Georgian Court University 

Pamela Mason
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Johns Hopkins University

T. Peaches Valdes
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Wellesley College

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. College Fair

Contact us!

For questions, please contact: 

Marjorie Ireland
Event Coordinator – Independent School Equity & Access Conference and College Fair