PromiseNet 2019

Overview: Across the nation, cities, nonprofit organizations, community colleges, public sector leaders, and creative cross-sector partnerships are striving to make higher education affordable and accessible to all students. Often referred to as Promise initiatives, these entities have been paving the way for the now national public conversation on how to make higher education a reality for students who have been traditionally left behind. While these programs vary in their structure, they all seek to expand access to and success in higher education, deepen the college-going culture in K-12 systems, and support local economic development. At PromiseNet, these innovators come together to imagine the next phase of higher-education innovation and community transformation.

This two day conference brings together hundreds of mission-aligned education and civic leaders, policy makers, practitioners, philanthropists, and researchers from across the country to spark ideas, energy and action to strengthen and build the next movement of college-success initiatives. We will focus on best-practices of building Bridges to Opportunity - from creating Promise initiatives and forging vital partnerships at the local, state, and national level, breaking data and research on impact and outcomes for students and communities, to sustaining Promises through innovative fundraising strategies. The conference will consist of inspiring and thought provoking panels, keynotes, networking periods, and break-out sessions to provoke discussion and action at the local, regional, state, and national level to ensure all students earn a college degree.

Initiatives are encouraged to bring individuals or a team of professionals (educators, city officials, economic development specialists, scholarship administrators, etc.) who are passionate about improving student and community outcomes.

2019 Local Host Committee:

  • Richmond Promise

  • Contra Costa Community College District

  • UC Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion

2019 Steering Committee:

  • Berkeley City College & Peralta Community College District

  • El Dorado Promise

  • Kalamazoo Promise

  • Oakland Promise

  • Pittsburgh Promise

  • Public Policy Associates

  • San Jose Promise

  • Stockton Scholars

  • Tennessee Achieves

  • The College Promise Campaign

  • The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

  • West Ed