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Advocacy Day a Great Success!
MEOA Members and Alumni gearing up for State House Visits!

Thanks to all of the MEOA Members, Alumni, and Students who made the trip to the State House to educate and advocate on April 13! The event kicked off at Suffolk University where Ernesto Cruz, legislative aide to Representative Jose Tosado, talked about how a bill makes it's way through the House and Senate to become law and how to engage our legislators. We have been working closely with Rep. Tosado on legislation that could possibly secure funding for college access and success programs across the state. Stay tuned for more on that! Special thanks to all of the Alumni and Students who accompanied us to visit our Representatives and Senators! Alumni and Student stories are the most impactful and help us garner support from our legislators. Looking forward to continuing our advocacy efforts throughout the year!

Current NMH Upward Bound Students and Alum with Representative Ben Swan (from left, Suraji Omoru '17, Leila Melendez '14, Rep. Ben Swan, Breyana Roman, Louis Laguerre '18) 
With Representative Aaron Vega (center)

2016 Policy Seminar
Massachusetts had great representation at COE's Annual Policy Seminar (March 6-8) again this year! MEOA President, Amanda Bernasconi and State Liaison, Andrea Dawes led a committed team of advocates in Washington DC. MEOA was able to offer staff and alumni scholarships again this year! Ana Almeida, Northfield Mount Hermon Upward Bound Academic Advisor and Adam Shaughnessy, Suffolk University College and Career Advisor were the recipients of the Staff Scholarships.  Danielle Brown, Northfield Mount Hermon Upward Bound and Winston Pierre,  UMASS Boston Student Support Services were the recipients of the Alumni Scholarships. This year's appropriations request included an $80 million increase in TRIO funding, $980 million total, to restore 90,000 student lost over the last 10 years and purchasing power of grant funds.  

Milestones: NEOA Conference 2016
Congratulations and thank you to the New England Educational Opportunity Association for another successful conference in North Falmouth, MA. The quality of the the workshops, speakers and panels was superior and we can't wait for next year's conference. Thanks to all the college access and success staff representing Massachusetts. Congratulations to all of the Massachusetts Honorees at this year's conference: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Shirley Chisholm Award,  Dr. Joan Becker, Claiborne Pell Award (Vice Provost for Academic Support, UMASS Boston), Mike Dennehy, Marian Belgrave-Howard Award (School of Education), Katherine Montero, NEOA Achiever (Salem State Upward Bound), and Caitlin Bevan, Rising Star (Northfield Mount Hermon Upward Bound). We were also able to host an eventful state meeting at NEOA and successfully adopted a bylaw change, making Communications and Alumni Relations standing and voting committees. 

Professional Development
Don't forget to register for MEOA's upcoming Professional Development Event: Intent v. Impact on May 20, 2016 at Mount Wachusett Community College, Devens. Join us to learn about diversity and structural issues impacting our students with Social Justice educator, Craig Cullinane.  TODAY is the last day to register! Register here: Contact Samienta Pierre-Vil for more information 

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