The Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP) is one of ten regional associations dedicated to furthering educational opportunities for low income, first generation and disabled students.
Our association consists of six chapters: Arizona, Central California (CenCal), Nevada, Northern California (NorCal), Pacific Islands (PIC) and Southern California (SoCal). WESTOP’s membership is comprised of educational personnel from the states Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.
WESTOP has had a trailblazing legacy of strength, leadership, and commitment to represent the concerns and needs of TRIO students and educational equity issues in our region. We continue to face numerous challenges: the uncertainty of receiving substantial funding; delays in grant competitions; many campuses and states that are coping with unprecedented budget shortfalls which have resulted in work furloughs and implementing the new HEOA regulations. As in the past, we have managed to come together and advocate for educational access on behalf of our students. It is vital for WESTOP to strengthen its advocacy, partnerships and educational alliances regionally and nationally to get through these challenging times.