Keynote Speakers

Keynote: “Addressing Postsecondary Education Student Needs Through Collaboration”

Professor Laura W. Perna is one of the nation’s foremost researchers on college access and affordability. Her scholarship focuses on how to ensure that all people, regardless of demographic characteristics and place of residence, have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from high-quality higher education.

Keynote: ”Systemic Barriers for Underrepresented Students: College Access Beyond Affordability”

Phyllis A. H. Breland is president of the Tri-State Consortium of Opportunity Programs in Higher Education, and former president of New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program Professional Organization (HEOPPO). She works closely with junior high schools, high schools, churches, community groups and organizations throughout New York that support access to academic and personal enrichment.