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. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with the conference Zoom links. If you did not receive the email message, please send a message to email@example.com
Visit https://trioaspireconference.org/ for the agenda
- Hard to Reach Populations
- 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)
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!
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.