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Level Up: Uniting Voices, Creating Change

This year, the Council for Opportunity in Education’s annual Policy Seminar, Sunday, March 17 through Wednesday, March 20, 2024, includes three events: the Leadership Summit, the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education, and the Legislative Conference. For individuals participating in the Policy Seminar, COE strongly encourages online registration. Download the paper registration form here.

Testimonials from past participants:

  • “Policy Seminar is a game-changer, these advocacy skills are incredibly transferable. These kinds of experiences can totally enhance your professional development–even though they’re kind of intimidating.”
  • “Your attendance at Policy Seminar makes a difference! Even if you are awed by the political process, take the step forward and be willing to use your voice for your students. TRIO has many mentors who would love to help you with the process.”
  • “You will not be disappointed! Policy Seminar is true advocacy in action, visiting the Hill offices as a group is extremely valuable. My favorite COE event!”
  • “Policy Seminar is where you experience firsthand the importance in personally advocating for and providing a voice on behalf of your students!”

With new dynamic content every year, COE’s annual Leadership Summit provides high-quality professional development for all levels of leaders in TRIO. This year’s summit will focus on organizational capacity building and advocacy skills for leaders and include a case study poster session and presentations by state leaders who have completed this year’s Executive Leadership Institute. Whether you are new to TRIO or a seasoned professional, this day-long convening will heighten your skills and expertise at the local, state, regional, and national levels of leadership.

Join our engaging seminar tailored for college access professionals. Explore fiscal policies, TRIO updates, and grant competition insights.

Experience the pinnacle of COE’s Policy Seminar: the dynamic Legislative Conference. Join your TRIO community as we passionately enlighten Congress about the remarkable history and achievements of federal college access and success programs. After a day of rigorous preparation, seize the opportunity to advocate for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students directly with legislators in the policy arena. Your voice, your impact!

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