33rd Annual Conference


33rd Annual MEOA Conference 2017

 Devens Common Center

October 13, 2017

The conference aims to connect college access advocates across the state in their endeavors to “Engage for Change.” As we strive to cultivate leaders in an ever-changing world, we find ourselves constantly seeking new and creative ways to captivate, challenge and support our students and alumni. The conference committee welcomes presentations, teaching demonstrations and roundtable discussions that highlight inclusive practices.

Keynote Speaker- E. Peter Alvarez (Bio Below)

Early Bird Registration: April 10th-August 11th

MEOA Members -$80    Non-Members- $100

Regular Registration: August 12th – September 15th

MEOA Members-$120     Non-Members-$140

Late Registration: September 16th – October 13th

MEOA Members- $140    Non-Members-$160


If you are interesting in presenting a workshop please download RFP and submit to   Naomi Brown-Jones Naomi.Brown-Jones@umb.edu  by June 1, 2017.

 Please consider submitting a conference advertisement for your program/organization to be printed in the MEOA Conference Booklet. All ads will be printed in black and white. Full page ads are $40, half page ads are $20.  Send all ads in PDF format to
Breyana Roman broman-ub@nmhschool.org by September 22, 2017

E. Peter Alvarez


Peter Alvarez grew up in the Uphams Corner neighborhood of Dorchester, MA and attended Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.  He attended the UMass Boston Upward Bound Program throughout high school and credits the program for his achievements. He attended Boston College, where he majored in English.

After graduating from Boston College in 2006, Peter taught reading and writing in the Teach for America program at a middle school in Houston for two years. He then returned to Boston, where he taught for three more years at the Edwards Middle School.  He taught English Language Arts and all core subject areas for English language learners. He also taught writing one summer for the Boston University Upward Bound Program.

Peter enrolled at Boston University School of Law, and was awarded the Martin Luther King Fellowship—granting him a full scholarship and stipend for all three years of law school.  The fellowship is given to students in a number of different BU graduate programs, who are selected based on their record of living a life in keeping with the principles of Dr. King.  During law school Peter served as a mock trial coach for BU Upward Bound students, a legal volunteer for Kids in Need of Defense determining possible legal remedies for undocumented minors, and a legal intern for the Massachusetts State Senate Majority Leader.

Currently, Peter is a third year associate at the Boston-based law firm Choate, Hall & Stewart where he represents private equity funds with regard to investments, mergers and acquisitions. Peter is the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors at Union Capital Boston, a Boston-based nonprofit that rewards low-income families for community engagement.  He also serves as a board member for Strategies for Youth, a nonprofit that addresses police/youth interactions, and is a member of the Boston University School of Law Alumni Executive Committee.

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