The University of Notre Dame's Talent Search and Upward Bound programs collaborated to send four male students to MAEOPP 100 Men of Excellence Conference held at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. The theme of the 2015 conference was “BE R.E.A.L., an acronym used to encourage students to become a “Responsible Educated Authentic Leader.” The conference, inspired by President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, was targeted towards young men of color, in an effort to increase their involvement in regional educational opportunities.
Matthew Adams, a TRiO Talent Search Advisor and University of Notre Dame alum, served as a chaperone for the four students. “We believe putting our young men in winning situations is one of the most important things we can do here,” stated Adams. “We encourage all of our students to take advantage of every opportunity available to them, especially those providing academic and/or personal improvement.”
The conference was created around mentorship, collaboration and dynamic discussions. MAEOPP, the Mid-American Association of Educational Opportunity for Program Personnel, is the representative body of those persons who have an active interest or who are professionally involved in broadening accessibility to and success in formal postsecondary education. This includes many colleges, universities, and agencies that host educational opportunity programs, including TRIO programs, within the ten states in the Midwest.