A Message From PCACAC Leadership

Dear PCACAC Members:

We stand with those who are outraged by the recent racially and politically motivated murders that took place in Buffalo, New York and Laguna Woods, California. We grieve for those who lost their lives and for the families and friends of the fallen. PCACAC stands with the Black and Taiwanese communities who were the targets of these hate crimes. 

We are also horrified by the devastating and senseless shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Violence anywhere threatens all of us everywhere. These horrific acts highlight the ugly challenges that we continue to face in America ― racism, hatred, and violent extremism.

We want you to know that we remain committed to our core values as an organization. We invite you to review our values statement and also recommit to our collective work, goals and values.

Together, we remain strong.  Divided, no one wins.  We wish you positive encouragement, good health and continued steadfastness as we continue our work towards a better and brighter tomorrow.  

In Solidarity, 
James B. Massey, Jr., President
Rebekah LaPlante, Immediate Past President & Nominating Chair
Ann Marie Strauss, President Elect
Melisa Hypolite, Executive Vice President
Libby Weith, Vice President of Finance




James B. Massey, Jr.
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Maryland, College Park (MD)

Dear Colleagues:

As we continue with the second half of the 2021-2022 academic year, it is important for us all to continue to take the time to appreciate each other, our students and our collective mission to provide the very best for school communities and institutions.  It is also important for us to recognize as we continue to support each other, that many of our institutions, organizations and communities remain targets for senseless violence, hate and ill-will.  We must all stand together in support of each other and know that we are truly #StrongerTogether.

As an organization, we continue to challenge each other to not only grow as professionals, but also to reach higher as individuals and as a collectives as described in our value statement.  We constantly seek new and innovative ways to thrive as a member organization as can be seen in PCACAC’s many new efforts such as our professional development webinars, our continued expansion of our affiliate’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to even launching our virtual college fairs!  As an organization, we certainly remain busy, but none of these accomplishments would be possible without you - the current and future members of PCACAC.  

In our second half of the academic year, I ask that each of you reflect, recommit and re-engage in the many opportunities that are available for you to get connected in PCACAC.  If each member can find that one thing that they can provide their full support for during the course of our membership year, I believe we will be even stronger as an organization.  It is my hope that each of you finds your one thing, that you get fully connected and watch the magic happen from there!  Please feel free to reach out to any committee chair, leadership team member, or me so that we can make sure that you get connected and involved with all that is happening in PCACAC!   

I am very proud to serve as your President and I believe that together we will continue to accomplish great things as an organization.  In all that you do, thank you for keeping our students first, for being good colleagues to each other, and for remaining committed to what binds us all together in this profession - working together in the best interests of our students.  Remember – we are truly #StrongerTogether!

 Warmest Regards,