Higher Ed Live is excited to partner with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) on a virtual book club initiative aimed to connect college admission professionals through regular book discussions. The #NACACreads book chat is a fun way to keep up with trends and network with colleagues on Twitter.

In an effort to elevate these discussions Admissions Live host Chris D’Orso will interview one of the co-authors of Hold Fast to Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty, the next #NACACReads selection. Bring your questions to this live broadcast and save the date for the upcoming #NACACreads chat, February 10.

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#NACACreads Book Club

Feb. 10 #NACACreads Discussion


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Episode Host

Chris D'Orso

Chris D’Orso is the assistant director of enrollment communications for Stony Brook University, coordinating social media outreach for one of the top-ranked public research universities in the northeast, and he's excited to announce that he will join the College at Brockport in April 2018 as their Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Chris is a State University of New York lifer; he has a BA from SUNY Geneseo in communications, and worked as the acting director of student activities at Finger Lakes Community College and as an admissions counselor/orientation director at SUNY Old Westbury before joining Stony Brook University as an assistant director of admissions in 2005. He’s a husband and father, a Mets fan and baseball card collector, and the halftime voice of the Spirit of Stony Brook marching band during football games. Chris also got his butt kicked on “Jeopardy!” in 2009. He earned his MS in college student development at Long Island University.


Joshua Steckel

Joshua has been working as a teacher and school counselor in New York City public and private schools since 2000. Josh is currently the college counselor at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies, a small, progressive public school serving students grades 6 through 12. Brooklyn Collaborative is a member of the NYC Outward Bound Schools network.

Josh’s writing and work on college access have been featured by The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Al Jazeera America, Washington Monthly, The New York Daily News, The American Prospect, The Hechinger Report, PBS News Hour, Slate and National Public Radio. Josh was selected as a thought-leader for the White House’s Reach Higher initiative, and is a board member of Let’s Get Ready and College Access: Research and Action, two non-profits dedicated to increasing opportunity in higher education.

Josh and his wife, Beth Zasloff, co-wrote the award-winning book, Hold Fast to Dreams, a narrative nonfiction account of the lives of ten New York City public school students over six years, as they work to make it to and through college. Through their stories, the book offers an up-close look at what it’s like to be a low-income student trying to make good on the promise of opportunity through education in America.