Dear Fellow NCACE Members,
It’s a true honor to serve as the 2020-2021 president of NCACE. I am excited about the opportunity to engage with you and look forward to continuing to build a better, stronger organization.

Our world has changed dramatically in the past several months, and we have all been led to think and feel differently about the humanity of our country and our health, as well as the health and safety of our family, friends, students and colleagues. As we all work to adjust to our new reality, I want to assure you that NCACE will be here to provide you with support, guidance and friendship. The world of work is vastly different now, but NCACE is committed to supporting our current members as well as helping build the next generation of career services professionals. During this pandemic we have all quickly pivoted to providing services and support virtually so that we could continue to help students succeed amid a crisis. Even during these challenging times, we must continue to embrace change, remain nimble, and stay committed to doing great work for our students, employers and colleagues.

This year I’m proud to announce the creation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee that will exist within the NCACE Executive Board. This committee will work hard to first create a mission statement that clearly outlines the principles that NCACE believes in. Once that’s established, they’ll work together with the board to plan events, programming and professional development opportunities for continued education and growth. This year we will focus on providing a space where diversity, equity and inclusion is celebrated. 

I am excited about what this year has to offer and look forward to serving as your president. Our work may look different, and we may not be able to gather, network and celebrate in person, but we will remain connected and focused and take pride in what we can accomplish together.

All the best,

Lori Sykes