ASPIRE Membership Information

By becoming an ASPIRE member you’ll be joining a vibrant organization of hundreds of members actively dedicated to educational opportunity for disadvantaged individuals.

Membership benefits Newsletter ASPIRATIONS keeps members in touch with information about national, regional, state, and project activities.

Staff development is available at the annual fall conference, at the various state meetings and workshops, and through the Department of Education training grants.

Annual Conference, rotated among the six states yearly, is an opportunity for project staff to interact with colleagues from different programs and states, and with national leaders.

The Directory contains names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses of ASPIRE members and TRIO personnel in the region.

Involvement allows TRIO personnel opportunities for participation and mutual support according to ability and resources. A wide range of important activities that contribute to educational opportunity regionally and nationally are available, including the advocacy with policy and decision makers.

Levels of Membership

Professional Membership is available to persons employed full-time or part-time in TRiO, Gear Up, or other educational opportunity/equal access type programs located in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming. Is also available as to any persons that have maintained ASPIRE Professional membership for a minimum of 10 years, and is now retired from the position they held within TRiO programs during their ASPIRE membership period. Each Professional Member is entitled to one vote and is eligible to hold any office within the Association.

Associate Membership is available to persons meeting any of the following three criteria: (1) employed in a clerical/support staff position within a TRiO, Gear Up, or other educational opportunity/equal access type programs located in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming; (2) persons employed full-time or part-time in TRiO, Gear Up, or other educational opportunity/equal access programs located in states which are not included in the ASPIRE, Inc. region. Each Associate Member is entitled to one vote, and may serve on committees, but may hold no office in the associate or serve on the Board of Directors.

Emeritus Membership is available to any person that has maintained ASPIRE Professional membership for a minimum of 10 years, and is now retired from the position they held within TRiO programs during their ASPIRE membership period. Each Emeritus Member is entitled to one vote, and may serve on committees, but may hold no office in the association or serve on the Board of Directors.

Friends and Alumni is available to any individual not employed in a TRiO, Gear Up or other educational opportunity/equal access program in the ASPIRE, Inc. region, who generally supports the mission, goals, and objectives of ASPIRE, Inc., and has an active concern for TRiO students. Each Friends and Alumni Member may have voice but no vote and may not hold office in the association.

TRiO Participant Membership is available to any TRiO Program participant in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming, not currently employed by a TRIO or Gear Up program, who generally supports the purposes, goals, and objectives of ASPIRE, INC., and has an active concern for TRiO students. Each Participant Member may have voice but no vote and may not hold office in the association.

How to Join

ASPIRE Memberships

 If you are interested in any additional information regarding regional membership, please contact:

Cara Davis, TRIO Programs
University of North Dakota
2891 2nd Ave N, Stop 9027
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9027
Fax: 701-777-3627
Questions? cara.davis@und.edu or 701-777-3819

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