TRIO Turns 60: Breaking Barriers, Inspiring Hope

Celebrate with us at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s Annual Conference 2024 as “TRIO Turns 60!” College access professionals, this is your opportunity to elevate your impact and empower your TRIO programs and participants. Explore the forefront of college access and retention trends while forging connections with fellow college leaders. Let’s unearth proven best practices that revolutionize local colleges and communities together.

Why Attend? Discover innovative strategies to propel your initiatives forward. Connect with like-minded professionals and cultivate meaningful relationships. Rejuvenate your spirit with a jam-packed agenda designed to invigorate personally and professionally. Let’s honor 60 years of TRIO’s legacy, breaking barriers and inspiring hope for future generations. Don’t miss out on this unparalleled opportunity for growth and collaboration! Register now to secure your spot in shaping the future of college access and empowerment. Download the paper registration form here.



The COE 2024 annual conference host hotel is now sold out.

The New York Hilton Midtown, located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10019, is the official host hotel for the Annual Conference and is sold out. Please contact A Room With A View for information about the officially designated COE overflow hotel. They will secure the lowest available rates at the best hotels within walking distance of the Hilton. A Room With A View can be reached at 1-800-780-4343 or 817-733-845 or online at [email protected] (always include your arrival & departure dates). This is a FREE service for all COE attendees. If rooms become available in the COE group block at the Hilton Hotel, A Room with A View will contact attendees to offer the option to transfer back.

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Let’s make magic happen together in the city that never sleeps.

As we gear up for this exciting event in the heart of the Big Apple, we’re calling on you to be a vital part of making it a resounding success. With over 200 volunteer spots available, there’s a perfect opportunity waiting for you. Whether you’re passionate about welcoming attendees at registration, ensuring our esteemed alumni have an unforgettable experience at special events, providing essential support in the bustling exhibit hall, or overseeing the thrill of the silent auction, there’s a role suited to your interests and skills. Here’s the best part: you don’t even need to be registered for the conference to join our team of dedicated volunteers. Your enthusiasm and commitment are all you need to contribute to this incredible event. Don’t miss out on this chance to be part of something special. Sign up to volunteer before Thursday, August 15, and let’s make magic happen together in the city that never sleeps!


Celebrate 60 Years of TRIO Excellence

Join us in commemorating this milestone by contributing $60 to COE.

As we mark 60 years of TRIO excellence, we ask TRIO professionals like you to make a symbolic contribution of $60, reflecting our journey and commitment to advancing educational opportunities for all.

Where Your Contribution Goes:

The funds raised will support COE programming that directly impacts TRIO students, such as:

  • National Student Leadership Congress: Empowering young leaders to shape the future.
  • Keith Sherin Global Leaders Study Abroad: Providing transformative international experiences.
  • Thomas R. Wolanin Congressional Internship: Opening doors to D.C. for aspiring leaders.

Impact Beyond Numbers:

Your $60 donation will not only contribute to direct support services for students but also provide relevant training for directors and staff. Your support also has a direct impact on our annual Fair Share campaign. Your $60 donation will count towards each individual’s personal contribution goal of $100 by June 30 in the current giving year. To illustrate, donations before June 30, 2024, will count towards Fiscal Year 2024, while contributions after July 1, 2024, will go towards Fiscal Year 2025.



Early Bird Registration

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Last chance registration begins on Tuesday, August 13, 2024.

Refund Policy

Please note that registration fees are refundable minus a processing charge of $350 for general conference registration and $50 for the pre-conference sessions. Refunds will be remitted via the original payment method after the conference if written notice of cancellation is received on or before Monday, August 12, 2024. No refund requests will be accepted after this date. If you have additional questions, please contact COE Business and Finance at [email protected] or at (202) 347-7430.

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See the wonderful memories made during #COEAC2023. If you decide to share on social media be sure use the official conference hashtag and tag us!



Highlights from D.C.

Isabel Wilkerson’s Powerful Address On America’s Caste System Opens The 2023 COE Annual Conference


The President And First Lady Of Palau Recognized With The 2023 TRIO Family Achievement Award From The Council For Opportunity In Education


2023 National TRIO Achiever Awards: Honoring The Journeys And Impact Of Distinguished Alumni


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