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The 18th Annual GEAR UP West Conference will be held October 27-29, 2024, at the Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

About the Conference

The GEAR UP West Conference is a premier event for college access and success practitioners, bringing together professionals primarily from the Western part of the United States. This collaborative regional conference provides a platform to share effective practices, innovative strategies, and fresh perspectives for supporting postsecondary education attainment and workforce readiness among low-income and historically underrepresented students. 


Please visit to find the registration site on the homepage.

Call for Proposals

We are currently accepting proposals for presentations that align with our conference themes and objectives. 

  • Please visit to submit your proposal and complete the online submission form.
  • We encourage presentations that offer practical, replicable, and adaptable solutions to the challenges faced by our students and communities.
  • Submission Guidelines
    • All sessions are one hour and fifteen minutes long.
    • Presenters are required to register and pay the conference registration fee.
    • Discounted registration fees are available for primary and secondary presenters.
    • Noncommercial presentations are welcome, provided they are content-focused and do not require participants to purchase a product or service.
    • Vendors and sponsors interested in exhibiting at the conference should contact Dr. Corine Frankland at for more information.

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