Chapter Spotlight - New York

The Mission of NAGAP is to support, advance and engage graduate enrollment professionals by promoting integrity, excellence and collaboration through education and professional development.

This month, the Chapter Spotlight is on the NYGAP chapter.  NYGAP has 78 member schools. Chapter members meet twice per year in person, and once a month the “NYGAP Team,” comprised of the Board and committee leads, participate in a conference call.  Meetings typically consist of assessing the status of the previous month’s action items, reviewing current strategies and fiscal year goals, and planning for the annual conference. They discuss workshops each team member plans to attend with the goal of determining which topics would be appropriate for NYGAP’s conference for those who could not attend the national conference. They also review who from NYGAP is presenting so they can plan to attend and support them. Tonya also provides the team with NAGAP Board updates and news.

NYGAP’s most recent conference was in November in Buffalo, NY. They had a record number of attendees (65), and the conference collected food and $150 in monetary donations for the Buffalo City Mission. To encourage donations, conference attendees who donated were entered into a drawing for a Proctor & Gamble electric toothbrush kit, a donated prize.

In 2016, the NYGAP Board has a full plate. They are planning a variety of activities including: providing additional webinars; co-hosting a virtual fair; holding a networking/socializing event for those who attend the NYC idealist Fair; providing a social event preceding their fall conference; organizing 3-5 NYGAP “gatherings” following New York grad fairs, and conducting a review of NYGAP’s bylaws to ensure consistency with NAGAP’s bylaws.  NYGAP is also looking to launch a new website and has collected feedback from members about its design.

I asked Tonya Guzman, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions and President of NYGAP, how being a member of her Chapter helps her in her current role and contributes to her career goals: “Being a member of NYGAP allows me to connect with colleagues to learn if they are facing similar Higher Ed challenges. I am gaining experience leading a team with diverse personalities. We are working towards the common goal of taking NYGAP to the next level by providing useful tools and resources to help members in their careers. NYGAP provides me with a forum to connect with graduate enrollment professionals that I would not typically have access to.”

NYGAP continues to look for individuals who want to get involved, particularly in leadership roles.  For more information, please contact Tonya directly at