Rural College Access & Success Summit

Special Announcement

In light of the recent news that the World Health Organization (WHO) has named the coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic and with growing efforts to prevent the spread of it, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Rural College Access & Success Summit.

While we wish we were still able to provide you with this opportunity, with travel restrictions in place at many organizations and the states of emergency declared by governors in several states, including Arizona, we believe the decision is in the best interest of our attendees, partners and employees.

Currently, the conference planning committee is exploring options for bringing together the voices from our diverse rural communities. We will reach out to all conference stakeholders as soon as the path forward has been determined.

While the Summit will not be happening this year, Partners for Education at Berea College plans to host the 2021 Summit in New Hampshire and will return to Arizona in 2022.

We want to thank everyone who had worked so hard to make this event a success, and we share in your disappointment it cannot go forward as planned.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Shaylinn Aleman at saleman@collegesuccessarizona.org or Katie Basham at ruralsummit@berea.edu.

With deep regrets but hope for the future,

Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education at Berea
Rich Nickel, College Success Arizona

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2018-2019 SUMMITS

The Student Voice Team spoke as a plenary during the 2018 summit.
The Student Voice Team spoke as a plenary during the 2018 summit.
Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. board chair, shakes hands with Berea College President Lyle Roelofs before her speech.
Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. board chair, shakes hands with Berea College President Lyle Roelofs before her speech.
Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. board chair, with Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education executive director.
Dr. Jill Biden, Save the Children U.S. board chair, with Dreama Gentry, Partners for Education executive director.
Partners and co-hosts of the summit connected with attendees.
Partners and co-hosts of the summit connected with attendees.
Ranjit Sidhu, president & CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), discusses rural education challenges and successes with Dreama Gentry, executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College.
Ranjit Sidhu, president & CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP), discusses rural education challenges and successes with Dreama Gentry, executive director of Partners for Education at Berea College.
Plenary speaker Hasan Davis, J.D. signs his book for attendees.
Plenary speaker Hasan Davis, J.D. signs his book for attendees.
Questions about the Summit? Contact Becky Phelps at 859-985-3394