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45th Annual WESTOP Conference

February 12, 2023 - February 16, 2023

Event Overview

Hotel Information

The conference will take place at the Silver Legacy Resort, Reno.


Hotel Room Block -SOLD OUT!!!-

**(Silver Legacy Resort charges a one night deposit at the time of reservation)

Conference Schedule

Sunday, February 12, 2023  – Pre-Conference

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast & Lunch Provided
8:00am-4:00pm Pre-conference: Aspiring/New Directors
8:00am-4:00pm Pre-Conference: Program Guidance
8:00am-1:00pm Pre-Conference: Mental Health
9:00am-4:00pm WESTOP Board Meeting

Monday, February 13, 2023  – Conference Opening Session

8:00am-4:00pm Registration Open
8:00am-4:00pm Silent Auction Set Up
9:00am-1:00pm WESTOP Partners Exhibitors Set Up
9:00am-1:00pm Pre-Conference: Program Guidance Part II
2:00pm-3:00pm ELI Session
3:30pm-4:45pm New Members Welcome/Orientation
5:00pm-7:00pm WESTOP Opening Rally
7:15pm-8:00pm Alumni Celebration
7:00pm-12:00 am Evening Activity -Sponsored
8:00pm-12:00 am Evening Activity

Tuesday, February 14, 2023  – Conference Day 1

  Breakfast on Your Own
8:00am-4:00pm Registration Open
8:00am-4:00pm Silent Auction Opens
9:00am-10:15am First Gen Professional Panel
10:15am -11:00am Candidate Statements
11:15am-12:15pm Workshop Session I
11:15am-12:15pm ELI Session
12:15pm-1:45pm Lunch on your own
1:45pm-2:45pm Workshop Session II
3:00pm-4:30pm Chapter Meetings
7:00pm-8:30pm President’s Dinner
9:00pm-12:00am President’s Dance

Wednesday, February 15, 2023  – Conference Day 2

  Breakfast on your own
  Coffee Tasting Activity
9:30am-11:00am Meeting of the Members
11:00am-4:30pm Elections
11:15-12:15pm Workshop Session III
11:15-12:15pm ELI Session
12:30pm-2:00pm WESTOP Achievers Lunch
2:15pm-3:15pm Workshop Session IV
3:30pm-5:00pm WESTOP Self-Care Lounge
5:45pm-7:30pm President Reception-
8:00pm-9:30pm New Members Activity Game Night-Invitation Only
8:00pm-9:30pm ELI Reception

Thursday, February 16, 2023  – Conference Closing Day

9:00-11:00am Breakfast and Department of ED and COE
11:00-11:30am Installation of New Officers & President Address
11:30am-12:00pm Closing Remarks
1:00pm $Lake Tahoe Excursion

Call for Proposal

There is still time to submit your workshop proposal!

Proposal Topics:

  • Mental Health
  • Technology
  • Best Practices
  • Networking
  • New Professionals

Deadline has been extended to Friday, December 9th.

Decisions will go out on Thursday, December 22nd. 

Workshop Proposal Form

WESTOP Conference Award Nomination

The 2023 AWARD NOMINATION Forms for the 45th Annual WESTOP Conference are available! Below you will find the description of awards and links to the nomination forms.

2023 WESTOP Achiever’s Award(s) – Due 12/16/22
The WESTOP Achiever’s Award recognizes the accomplishments of former TRIO participants who have completed their baccalaureate degree, entered professional fields, and whose community or professional activities have served their fellow human beings while focusing on improving society.

WESTOP Achiever’s Award

Friend of WESTOP Award – Due 12/16/22
The Friend of WESTOP Award recognizes the support given to WESTOP by an individual, company, or organization who shares the association’s belief in educational excellence and equality.

Friend of WESTOP Award

Staff of the Year Award – Due 12/16/22
The Staff of the Year Award acknowledges a staff member whose commitment, perseverance, and contributions go “above and beyond” what is expected for the success of their students and respective program.

Staff of the Year Award

Steve Holeman Award – Director of the Year Award – Due 12/16/22 

The Steve Holeman Award acknowledges the accomplishments of directors of educational equity programs who demonstrated professionalism in the administration of their program(s). This award is named for Steve Holeman, former Upward Bound Director at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA, who exemplified these qualities during his years as Director.

Steve Holeman Award


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