UpcomingASPIRE 2020 Virtual Conference

  • ASPIRE 2020
    September 28, 2020 - September 30, 2020
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Details Price Qty
Virtual ASPIRE Member 2020 Early Birdshow details + $399.00 (USD)   Expired
Virtual Non-Member 2020 Early Birdshow details + $599.00 (USD)   Expired
Virtual ASPIRE Member 2019 Lateshow details + $449.00 (USD)  
Virtual Non-Member 2020 Lateshow details + $649.00 (USD)  
Virtual ASPIRE Member Retiree (Emeritus Members Only)show details + $0.00 (USD)  

The 44th Annual ASPIRE Conference

Due to the evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and its associated travel & gathering restrictions, the 2020 ASPIRE Conference will be held in a virtual format. 

The Conference will be conducted virtually via Zoom. Prior to the conference, all fully registered and paid attendees will receive access to the agenda and Zoom links.

A Tentative Agenda will be posted soon.


  • Talent Search & EOC Proposal Workshop – No charge for ASPIRE Project members, $300 for non-members
  • Feedback on Proposals – Additional $100 Reading charge (Up to 3 sections) 

Tentative Agenda

ASPIRE 2020 Virtual Conference

ALL TIME ZONES Central Time     
Monday, September 28th
9:00 - 9:50 Newcomers Bring your Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 Regional Business Meeting I
11:15 - 12:05 Welcome Remarks NDSU President
Keynote Address: Rockell Bartoli
12:00 - 1:30 VENDOR ROOMS OPEN
1:30 - 2:20Plenary I Roundtable - Tessa Gould, Cassie Folk
2:30 - 3:20 Concurrent Session I
3:30 - 4:30Plenary II COE Sari Byerly Board Chair & Maureen Hoyler President
4:40 - 5:00Candidate Forum Q&A
Tuesday, September 29th
10:00 - 10:45Concurrent II
11:00 - 11:50State Business Meetings
12:00 - 12:50 Vendor Room
1:00 - 1:50 HOT TOPIC
2:30- 3:30Plenary III/Program Info Exchange/Roundtable
3:45 - 4:30Concurrent III
4:45 - 5:30 Awards Banquet
Wednesday, September 30th
10:00 - 10:45Plenary IV: Department of Education Updates
10:50 - 11:40Regional Business II and induction of new officers
11:45 - 12:00 Development Awards
12:15- 1:00 Conference Presentation 2021; Reflection; Closing Remarks
1:00-1:55Vendor Rooms Open
2:00 - 6:00Board Meeting
Thursday, October 1st
8:30 - 5:00Hard to Reach Populations - $400 open nation-wide
Friday, October 2nd
8:00 - 5:00 Hard to Reach Populations
2020-10-07 00:00:00
9:00 - 2:00 ASPIRE Leadership Institute - Tentative
2020-10-17 00:00:00
12:00 - 5:00Grant Writing: EOC & Talent Search
2020-10-19 00:00:00
8:00 - 5:00Grant Writing: EOC & Talent Search

ASPIRE Service Project

This year the ASPIRE Social Justice Committee service project will be centering the Native American student population of North Dakota by raising money to support Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) which houses a TRIO Talent Search program.
CCCC, or Little Hoop in the Dakota language, is a tribal college that serves the Spirit Lake Dakota reservation community. The Spirit Lake reservation is located in Benson County, ND which has double the US Poverty Rate at close to 30%. CCCC averages 200 students per semester; in general, a CCCC student is a 27 year-old female Native American single mother, who usually works full-time. Endemic poverty, historical trauma, lack of preparedness and confidence, and the resurging drug epidemic are all factors that impact the success of CCCC students – and now the pandemic!
Please consider making a donation in any amount to Cankdeska Cikana Community College by visiting this link: http://www.littlehoop.edu/donate/donations.html and clicking on the “donate” button on the bottom of the page.
Your donations will go to the “CCCC COVID-19 Angel Fund” that provides CCCC students with $25 gift cards for food, supplies, gas, etc. to three local tribal vendors. Your donations will contribute to the success, retention, and livelihood of Native students at CCCC.





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Only paid registrations will receive the Zoom links.