Annual Conference 2022

An Unmatched Event for College Access Professionals

For college access professionals, attending the annual conference is an investment in professional development that will provide more impactful leverage for programs and participants. The conference features discussions on new trends in college access and retention and connects college leaders to proven best practices that will improve local colleges. Attendees come to the annual conference to hear new ideas, meet new colleagues, and generate renewed energy. The agenda is filled with information to help college access professionals and students become more competitive professionally and personally. Download the paper registration form here.


COE strongly encourages online registration. Online registration will be available until September 24, 2022. Participants may also download the paper registration form here. Submit paper registration forms to the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) office no later than August 22, 2022, with full payment or a purchase order attached. Email this form to ([email protected]) or mail to: 2022 Annual Conference, Council for Opportunity in Education; P.O. Box 742282; Atlanta, GA 30374-2282.

– Educational Opportunity Dinner – National TRIO Achiever Awards Luncheon – Walter O. Mason Awards – Chair’s Reception (On-Site Only) – Selective College Fair (Virtual Only)


The agenda is jam-packed with information that will help college access professionals and students improve their career and personal competitiveness.

Download tentative agenda here


Contact A Room With A View for information on the official designated COE overflow hotel.

The conference hotel, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, is now sold out. A Room With A View will connect you to the lowest available rates at the best available hotels within a short distance to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.

Contact A Room With A View at 1-800-780-4343, 817-453-8038 or [email protected]. This is a free service for all COE conference attendees. You also are automatically added to a wait list for COE group rooms at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.

Sponsorship Guide

Your support as a sponsor will help to help close education attainment gaps among first-generation and low-income college students.

This national forum allows college opportunity professionals to share the latest insights, innovations, and evidence-based best practices. This is a great opportunity to build relationships with professionals in the pre-college and college success sector. Enjoy this rich learning and networking experience and celebrate our Educational Opportunity Dinner where we will honor the achievements of outstanding TRIO alumni. Learn more here.

Exhibitors must complete the registration form here.


On Thursday, September 22, we will recognize the National TRIO Achievers—TRIO alumni that have made remarkable progress in their chosen profession. Past honorees include U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, John Quinones of ABC, Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, and former NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez. This event allows your organization to network with leaders in public policy and research and decision-makers in educational services and college success. Come and celebrate with us! For more information, contact Corinne Taylor at [email protected]

The Exhibit Hall is available to all conference participants. Exhibitors receive recognition in the Conference Program and on the COE website prior to the event. A post-event mailing list allows additional promotional opportunities with virtual and in-person attendees. For more information, contact Patricia Mahomond at [email protected]


Registration prices are the same for both in-person and online participation for council members.

Purchase order payment registrations are not confirmed until full payment is received. The deadline for payment is August 22, 2022. COE will not accept purchase order payments on or after August 22, 2022. 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 method of payment after the conference if written notice of cancellation is received on or before August 22, 2022. No refund requests will be accepted after this date. If you have additional questions, please contact Business and Finance at ([email protected]) or at (202) 347-7430.

Registration Type
Early Bird
Ends June 15
Regular Registration
June 15 – Aug. 22
Last Chance Registration
Aug. 23 – Sept. 24
Institutional Member
TRIO Alumni

All-Day Pre-Conference Session

Expanding the Horizon of Student STEAM Career Opportunities

On-Site Only
Wednesday, September 21 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Attendance is capped at the first 30 registrants.


Pre-Conference Sessions

Embracing Change and Transformation

On-Site Only
Wednesday, September 21  1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Participants may only select one pre-conference session. Sessions will not be recorded.

  • Are You in Compliance? 
  •  Effectively Using Digital Tools to Connect with Students  Building a new Tradition: Designing Services to Support “Non-Traditional” Student Needs 
  •  A Climate of Caring: Developing a Culture of Equity, Safety, and Inclusion within Your Program 
  • Relationship-Centered Strategies for Building Social and Emotional Skills for Pre-College Youth Students

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