​​Greetings Colleagues and Friends,

The WESTOP SoCal Chapter 2020 Professional Development Seminar (PDS) Committee has been working diligently to plan and implement a successful virtual PDS. This year’s theme “Blazing Pathways for Change: Zooming into a New Decade” was developed to intentionally address the impact of COVID-19 in our professional and personal lives and allow for intentional conversations on the social and political climate that impact the educational equity landscape in our region and nationally. Our keynote speaker and workshop sessions will provide information, resources and tools to drive our agenda forward and develop new strategies and practices to bridge the equity gap.

Eddie Paje (UC San Diego) & Elizabeth Duarte (Victor Valley College)
PDS Committee Co-Chairs 

In addition to the regular PDS offerings, we are also providing a two-part Talent Search Program Development Workshop.  This will take place as Pre & Post-Conference Sessions, which will meet on Monday, October 26, 2020 and Monday, November 9, 2020. The registration rate for the TS Program Development Workshop is $100 for members and $200 for non-members. Space is limited.




Early Bird Registration Rate – Available to Members Only (Ends September 25, 2020) 

Regular Registration for ALL PDS Sessions

$300 Members, $375 for Non-Members 
Registration for PDS Opening session and one workshop

TRIO Alumni Registration (Not employed by a TRIO Program)


​Registration will close and payments must be received by October 23, 2020. 


WESTOP SoCal Refund/Cancellation Policy: All transactions are final. However, in the event of an unexpected circumstance, registrants must contact the event organizer or the WESTOP SoCal Chapter president  by email. Upon review, the registrant will  be notified  if the cancellation request is approved. Please note that if a payment has been made, the transaction cannot be cancelled.

If you have any questions or would like to assist with the delivery of PDS this year, please feel free to contact the Conference Co-Chairs Eddie Paje epaje@ucsd.edu or Elizabeth Duarte at elizabeth.duarte@vvc.edu

Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel

Southern California Chapter


 WESTOP SoCal Professional Development Seminar 2020

“Blazing Pathways for Change: Zooming into a New Decade”

October 26 - October 29, 2020