36th Annual Conference

Crossing the Finish Line — From Access to Career

Crossing the Finish Line — From Access to Career • September 13-16, 2017 • Washington Hilton • Washington, D.C.

The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) Successfully Concluded its 36th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Approximately 1,500 educators, policymakers, researchers, and corporate and foundation representatives attended. CNN Commentator Ana Navarro kicked off the conference, and reporter and author Cheryl Wills closed it out. During the meeting, COE recognized five distinguished TRIO alumni as National TRIO Achievers. COE also bestowed its Lifetime Service Award upon Dmitri Stockton, former GE Asset Management CEO who recently formed Global Investor Catalyst LLC. Three college access and success professionals were honored for their career achievements with the Walter O. Mason Award, and the incoming officers of the COE Board for 2017-18 were installed.

Ana Navarro — Education Is Still the Great Equalizer

The CNN commentator gave a rousing speech and said there were silver linings in the turbulent political climate. She praised college access and success professionals for improving the life chances of young people and adults.

How DACA Champion Hector Balderas and First-Generation Achievers Beat the Odds

Five alumni of TRIO programs were recognized at COE's annual Educational Opportunity Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Sept. 14. They were — Hector Balderas, New Mexico Attorney General, Upward Bound and Student Support Services, New Mexico Highlands University; Timothy Granfield, Director/AVP, Strategy, Planning & Operations, Corporate Finance, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Upward Bound, University of New Hampshire; Tamara P. Nash, Special Assistant United States Attorney, State of South Dakota, Talent Search and Student Support Services, Wayne State College; David Perez Jimenez, Assistant Research Scientist and Associate Director, Institute for Psychological Research, University of Puerto Rico, Student Support Services, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras; and Simon K. Shannon, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, 3M Company, McNair Scholars Program, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

First-Generation Alumni Celebrate Progress on Campus, Chart the Road Ahead

On September 15, 2017, COE kicked off the celebration of first-generation college students. The COE Board — in partnership with AAC&U (the American Association of Colleges and Universities) and NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and other higher education organizations — invites college access and success professionals to join with TRIO's McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement and Student Support Services programs across the country for the First Annual First-Generation College Celebration on November 8, 2017 — the 52nd Anniversary of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Installation of Officers

Photo (l-r): Board Chair Elect Kristian Wiles, Executive Director of Retention & Academic Support Programs, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, University of Washington; Past Board Chair Michelle Danvers Foust, Director of TRIO Pre-Collegiate Programs, CUNY-Bronx Community College; Chair Kaye Monk-Morgan, Director of Upward Bound Math/Science, Wichita State University; Secretary Christie Hardbarger, Director of Talent Search, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; and Treasurer Jeff Kahlden, Director of Upward Bound, Weatherford College.

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at the 36th Annual Conference featured installation of the Officers for COE's Board of Directors.

Walter O. Mason Awards


On September 15, 2017, Tracy Lyons, Executive Director of Undergraduate Student Success and Retention, University of AL at Birmingham; Michele Scott, Director, Educational Opportunity Center, California State University-Long Beach; and Karen Texeira, Director, Upward Bound, John Jay College of Criminal Justice received the 2017 Walter O. Mason Award.

Dmitri Stockton Leads Corporate Executives in Recalling Hope That Fueled Their Careers

The Council for Opportunity in Education hosted its 2017 Educational Opportunity Dinner, September 14, in Washington, D.C. Internet Essentials by Comcast served as a major sponsor and their Director of Strategic Communications and TRIO Alumna, Trinity Thorpe-Lubneuski, welcomed the approximate 1,500 corporate and foundation leaders, educators, and policymakers in attendance. During the dinner, COE bestowed its Lifetime Service Award upon Dmitri Stockton, former GE Asset Management CEO, who recently formed Global Investor Catalyst LLC. COE also recognized five distinguished TRIO alumni as National TRIO Achievers.

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