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COE Policy Seminar 2020 Recap

March 26, 2020

Our first ever virtual Policy Seminar was a success with over 700 TRIO professionals and alumni participating, and at least 225 virtual meetings held with House and Senate offices! The first day, Monday, March 23, featured the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education with the traditional, two-day Policy Seminar starting immediately afterwards on Tuesday and Wednesday. At the centerpiece of the final day were virtual Hill Visits with Members of Congress.

Watch video remarks from Senator Jon Tester, Representative Joe Courtney and Representative Mike Simpson.

Here are some takeaways from this year’s event:

  • The U.S. Department of Education and COE want to hear from you. During the ED Seminar, division directors from the Office of Postsecondary Education provided updates and information on how programs can best meet their students’ need now that many institutions — from K-12 through college — have closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The TRIO community is encouraged to continuing to submit questions to COE here. Responses to some of your questions asked at the ED Seminar are available here Document is available for download (.xls). We will continually be adding and updating the questions you have asked. The Office of Management and Budget sent out further guidelines Document is available for download (.pdf) for all grant programs. Download the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education 2020 manual here Document is available for download (.pdf).
  • While we discouraged travel to Washington this year, the 2020 Policy Seminar remained focused on Capitol Hill. In response to COVID-19, Congress has already passed three stimulus bills to address the economic downturn, and currently Congress is working on a fourth. Team Leaders converted in-person meetings to video or telephone conferences. If you were not able to meet virtually, please reach out to reschedule a virtual meeting for the week of April 13. Click here Document is available for download (.pdf) to read the Council for Opportunity in Education’s detailed proposal for the Phase 4 bill.