AM2021 Main Stage
Learn about all the main events taking place at #AACRAO2021

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Game Night


March 29: Welcome to the first day of #AACRAO2021

10:15 a.m.Experience AACRAO: A Live Event | An Exclusive Event for First-Time Annual Meeting Attendees

11:00 a.m. | Opening General Session: Make the Right Choice: Taking Ownership & Responsibility for Your Happiness and Success | Joel Zeff, Author & Humorist

We always have the opportunity to make the right choice to live a more creative, passionate, and productive life. How do you “make the right choice”? You can choose to provide opportunity. You can choose to provide positive support. And along the way, you can choose to have fun. It’s really that simple. Joel teaches us just how easy it is to make these choices.

4:00 p.m. | Update from the Department of Education's Privacy Office with Dale King and LeRoy Rooker

5:30 p.m. | The Go Game

Compete with a team and earn points as you enjoy all of the following "mini-games" or "missions" hosted by professional and entertaining Go Game staff. Some of the games to be played are: Trivia, Buzz-In, Categories, Pictionary, Where in the World, Brain Burners, Team Fact Match, Get to Know You, Name that Movie/Tune, Selfie and Giphy Battle, Face Mashup and Live Lip Sync Challenge.

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March 30: The second day of #AACRAO2021

12:00 p.m. | Our Five Year Roadmap: The AACRAO Strategic Plan

12:45 p.m. | A Tribute to AACRAO Executive Director Mike Reilly

1:00 p.m. | Federal Relations General Session: A Conversation with Congressman Bobby Scott | Congressman Robert "Bobby" Scott

Congressman Scott currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and is advancing an agenda that improves equity in education, frees students from the burdens of crippling debt, protects and expands access to affordable health care. In 2015, he was one of the four primary authors of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for the first time in 13 years and replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.

2:00 p.m. | Awards & Recognitions

Come together to recognize AACRAO's best. 

4:45 p.m. | Virtual Experience with the National Zoo

The National Zoo in Washington DC will take guests on a virtual live tour of its fuzzy residents inside the Small Mammal House with a unique behind-the-scenes look to meet some of the animals in the collection. There may even be an appearance by the Zoo’s biggest star, Xiao Qi Ji, the new Baby Panda born August 2020.

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Mixology Class


March 31: The third day of #AACRAO2021

12:00 p.m. | Wednesday General Session: How to be an Antiracist | Professor Ibram X. Kendi

Join Professor Kendi as he discusses the of the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers' and audiences' eyes to the reality of racism in America today.

3:00 p.m. | AACRAO Federal Relations Update

Join AACRAO’s Government Relations team as they provide an update on what is transpiring in Washington, DC with a new Administration and a Democrat-controlled Congress in both chambers, albeit by razor-thin margins. They will provide an update on the higher education priorities for the new Administration, possible legislation that Congress may take up, and possible regulatory actions that the Department of Education may seek to implement.

4:45 p.m. | Mixology 101

Attendees will enjoy a 45-minute live tutorial by award-winning mixologist, Chelsea Gregoire, the Drinkable Genius. Chelsea will show us how to make two (2) original cocktails (one mocktail) and include cocktail tips and tricks plus fun beverage-trivia.

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April 1: The last day of #AACRAO2021

1:00 p.m. | Closing General Session: 7 Leadership Qualities for Registrars and Admissions| Wintley Phipps

Wintley Phipps is the founder and CEO of the U.S. Dream Academy, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides mentoring and tutoring to children of incarcerated parents and children falling behind in school who are living in high-risk environments.