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Event Overview

The Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce that we are proceeding with the virtual conference, and we are working hard to provide the highest level of excellence for our members.

The 43rd Annual WESTOP Conference brings together TRIO professionals to share real-world insights on professional development and how to better serve our students and communities. The conference is designed to provide attendees an intimate setting with direct access to presenters, to share best practices with peers, and opportunities for networking.

Registration Information

The 43rd Annual WESTOP Virtual Conference will be held March 8-10, 2021.

Early Bird Registration for WESTOP Members
Early Bird Registration rate for WESTOP members of $450.00 is available from December 21-Jan. 22, 2021. Payment for Early Bird Registration must be received on January 22, 2021; otherwise, registrants will be invoiced at the regular registration rate.

Regular Registration for WESTOP Members
The regular registration rate for WESTOP members of $550.00 starts on Jan. 23, 2021, and ends on Feb. 19, 2021. Payment for regular registration must be received by February 19, 2021, otherwise, registrants will be invoiced for the difference, if any.

Registration for Non-WESTOP Members
The rate for non-WESTOP members of $600 is available starting December 16, 2021, and ends on February 12, 2021. Payment must be received by March 1, otherwise, registrants will be invoiced for the difference, if any.

TRIO Alumni (not employed in a TRIO program)
The TRIO Alumni rate is $350.00 and is available starting December 16, 2021, and ends on February 12, 2021. Payment must be received by February 19, 2021.

Please click on this link to register for the Annual Virtual Conference. Please keep in mind that conference registrations are being approved according to each registrant’s WESTOP Membership Status. Membership status has to be current (paid) for registration to be confirmed/approved.

Featured Speakers

Platinum Sponsors

Academic Tutoring & Test Prep

Platinum Sponsor

Cambridge Educational Services

Platinum Sponsor

Nucleus Robotics

Platinum Sponsor

Woven Learning and Technology 501c3

Platinum Sponsor

Paradigm Shift

Platinum Sponsor

Study Smart Tutors

Platinum Sponsor

GOLD SPONSORS

COMPANSOL

Gold Sponsor

The Money Ride

Gold Sponsor

StudentAccess

Gold Sponsor

Tried & True Education

Gold Sponsor

California State University, Fresno

Silver Sponsors

The Financial Literacy Coach

Silver Sponsor

Council for Opportunity in Education

Let Me Learn

Silver Sponsor

Council for Opportunity in Education

MasteryPrep

Silver Sponsor

U.S. Department of Education

Exhibitor

DreamCatcher Curriculum

Exhibitor

Lacai

Exhibitor

School of Education, Colorado State University

Amy L. Verlanic

Upward Bound Math/Science

ALV CONSULTING

United We Lead Foundation

Exhibitor

PhotoStudy by Go It AI

Exhibitor

Rockell Bartoli

Exhibitor

Jessica Lundy International

Exhibitor

Conference Strands

This year workshops and presentations will be divided into the following Strands:

  • Advocacy
  • Equity
  • Diversity
  • Mental Health and Self-Care for Professionals
  • Innovation and Best Practices in the Era of COVID
  • Research in Program Design and Evaluation
  • Academic and Professional Advancement for TRIO & Equity Programs.

Conference Committees

CommitteeChair/Co-ChairChapterCampus or Agency
CommitteeChair/Co-ChairChapterCampus or Agency
Conference Co-ChairMichele ScottSoCalCSU Long Beach
Conference Co-ChairMichelle ThomasArizonaArizona Western College
Conference Senior AdvisorJesus MaldonadoSoCalOccidental College
Alumni Sureima SantillianCenCalMadera Community College 
AwardsShannon SmithNorCalSonoma State University
Candidates Forum ElectionsWendy AdamsArizonaGateway Community College
Conference Program/ArchivesVeronica HernandezArizonaArizona State University
Conference Program/ArchivesLydia PerezArizonaMesa Community College
EntertainmentSam Blanco IIINorCalUC Davis
Exhibits and SponsorshipsMayra MachainCenCalFresno City College
Exhibits and SponsorshipsKenia RodriguezArizonaArizona Western College
EvaluationsLovelynn MongamiPICGuam Community College
EvaluationsChrislynn TakawoPICGuam Community College
Fair ShareMiriam CarrilloSoCalNorco College
MarketingKevin ChaseArizonaNorthern Arizona University
MarketingLaura ShepherdArizonaCentral Arizona College
ModeratorsLaToya Thompson-HerveyNorCalUC Davis
ModeratorsJohnny YangNorCalJCYC
New MembersHoracio AcevesSoCalOccidental College
New MembersCristina AguirreSoCalBarrio Logan Institute
RegistrationBrenda AguilarSoCalCSU San Marcos
RegistrationLia MaugaSoCalCSU San Marcos
Silent AuctionCharlotte DunniganArizonaYavapai College
SpeakersDr.  Kimberly WilliamsNevadaNevada State College
SpeakersJesus MaldonadoSoCalOccidental College
TechnologyAmbu YegappanNevadaUniv. of Nevada, Las Vegas
TechnologyAnthony HerreraNevadaNevada State College
TechnologyAngie AlvarezSoCalPasadena City College
VolunteersDalia HernandezSoCalCSU San Bernardino
VolunteersOswaldo LopezSoCalOccidental College
WorkshopsDr. Kimberly BarberNorCalCSU Monterey Bay
WorkshopsBen ReynosoCenCalFresno City College

Pre-Conference Virtual Workshops

Registration is available starting December 16, 2020 and ends on February 12, 2021. Payment must be received by February 26, 2021.

Proposal Writing Workshops

Upward Bound 
March 1 – March 2, 2021 @ 2:00 – 6:00 P.M. (PST)
Cost: $350.00 Pre-conference Proposal Writing Workshops is an unallowable cost (no grant funds can be used)

Upward Bound Math/Science
March 3 – March 4, 2021 @ 2:00 – 6:00 P.M. (PST)
Cost: $350.00 Pre-conference Proposal Writing Workshops is an unallowable cost (no grant funds can be used)

Veterans Upward
March 3 – March 4, 2021 @ 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. (PST)
Cost: $350.00 Pre-conference 1 Proposal Writing Workshops is an unallowable cost (no grant funds can be used)

McNair
March 1 – March 2, 2021 @ 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. (PST)
Cost: $350.00 Pre-conference 1 Proposal Writing Workshops is an unallowable cost (no grant funds can be used)

Leadership

How Do Leaders Show Up: Working with Diverse Students and Staff?
March 3, 2021 @ 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. (PST)
Cost: $200.00

Mental Health

Not Just Surviving COVID-19: Turning Challenges into Opportunities
March 4, 2021 @ 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. (PST)
Cost: $200.00

Refund Policy

  1. Registration fees paid in advance are refundable less a processing fee of 40% of the registration to cover administrative expenses.
  2. Refund requests must be in writing and received within thirty (30) days after the date of the event.
  3. All refunds for registration fees will be made after the completion of the event.
  4. Submit requests in writing to cfo@westog.org.

2021 Sponsors & Exhibitors

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WESTOP Conference Award Nominations

The AWARD NOMINATION Forms for the 43rd Annual WESTOP Conference are now available!  Please click each link to see the award descriptions and forms.  All nomination forms are due Friday, February 12th, at the close of business.

Founder’s Award Scholarship – for Northern California college students.
Peggy J. Whitehead Scholarship – for Northern California high school students.
Staff of the Year Award – open to all
Steve Holeman Award – open to all
Friend of WESTOP Award – open to all
WESTOP Achiever’s Award – open to all 
Please email Shannon Smith westopawards@gmail.com with any questions. 

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

Exhibitor $750.00

  • WESTOP Conference Registration for one person
  • Virtual Exhibit Space in Conference App
  • Business listed on website and conference platform
  • Logo placement on conference website (1inch x 1 inch)
  • One Announcement per day to all attendees through conference app

Silver Sponsor $1,250

  • WESTOP Conference Registration for one person
  • Virtual Exhibit Space in Conference App
  • Business listed on website and conference platform
  • Logo placement on conference website (1.5inch x 1.5 inch)
  • 60-minute Hot Topic Session
  • Recognition with sponsor logo show before start of Plenary sessions
  • One announcement per day to all attendees through conference app

Gold Sponsor $1,500

  • WESTOP Conference Registration for one person
  • Virtual Exhibit Space in Conference App
  • Business listed on website and conference platform
  • Logo placement on the conference website (2-inch x 2 inch)
  • Two Announcement per day to all attendees through the conference app
  • 60-minute Hot Topic Session
  • Recognition with sponsor logo show before the start of Plenary sessions
  • Banner space on the program app

Platinum Sponsor $2,000

  • WESTOP Conference Registration for one person
  • Virtual Exhibit Space in Conference App
  • Business listed on website and conference platform
  • Logo placement on conference website (2.5-inch x 2.5 inch)
  • Three Announcement per day to all attendees through conference app
  • 60-minute Hot Topic Session
  • Recognition with sponsor logo show before start of Plenary sessions
  • Banner space on the program app
  • 1-minute commercial to be shown before a plenary session.
  • Access to the conference attendee list

Questions

Questions? Please contact us at annualconference@westop.org.

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