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On behalf of the Conference Committee, we welcome you to COE’s 39th Annual Conference.  While we wish that we could welcome you in person in San Antonio, Texas, we welcome you to our virtual conference.  We are living in unprecedented times as we strive to create a “new normal” through the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will be offering some amazing opportunities not only to learn about supporting our students in this “new normal” but to engage and network with other individuals in the college access and success profession.




Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), I’d like to welcome you all to the 39th Annual COE Conference.

This year’s conference theme, “Reimagining College Opportunity,” is very fitting given our current circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve had to collectively pivot to meet the needs of our students and staff and move to an entirely remote system for the better part of the year. But, as a community, you have successfully responded to these needs and in the process are reimagining opportunity for us all.

As such, the conference committee has taken great efforts to ensure that this year’s conference not only provides you with the same level of outstanding professional development that you’d get from an in-person experience, but also to take time to rejuvenate and rest in knowing the work you do is important and appreciated. We have many opportunities for “hands-on” learning from experts in the field and are using our collective minds to bring you the very best virtual experience possible. Many thanks to our conference co-chairs, Andrew Gonzalez and Stephanie Givens, for leading us in this effort.

It has indeed been an honor to serve as the Chair of the COE Board this year. I thank you all for your kindness and generosity as I visited each of your regions (unfortunately not all, due to the pandemic). I welcome your online presence at this year’s conference and I look forward to engaging with you throughout the event.

Thank you again, and welcome to the first-ever virtual conference for this organization


2019-2020 Board Chair

Kyle K. Ethelbah, MPH



You must register for the 2020 COE annual conference to participate. Login at https://coenet.secure-platform.com/a.

  1. Click on the Attendee Login button to be directed to the login page.
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. You will receive a login link in your inbox.
  4. Click on that link and you will be redirected back to this gallery logged in.

Find a session under the Virtual Sessions menu.

  • Click the Title of the session you wish to join.
  • If you arrive early you’ll see the session button will not yet be active.  The page will refresh every 15 seconds and will change to ‘Join Session’ when you can enter.
  • You will join all sessions muted by default.
  • We encourage participation via the chat box.


Help during the conference

During a session, you can use the chat box if you’re having any technical difficulties. If you have any technical difficulties outside of the sessions, contact John Hernandez via email at john.hernandez@coenet.org or Angelica Vialpando at angelica.vialpando@coenet.org.