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Reaching Higher Massachusetts: Urging Access, Equity and Excellence for All


A professional convening for school counselors, higher education and community-based professionals to share best practices supporting students on their path to college and career success.

Keynote Speaker
Angel B. Perez, PhD.
VP for Enrollment and Student Success,Trinity College, CT

No cost to participants!

Light breakfast and lunch provided.

Sessions to include:
Financial Aid Offers: We’re Changing the Narrative,
Reaching Higher with Industry Recognized Credentials,
Admitted But Not Accepted: Exploring Imposter Syndrome in the College Admissions Process,
Purpose Driven Credentials,
Plus many more!

For more information, go to
Or email Christine Scafidi at:

Convening Agenda

Monday, August 19th, 2019
8:00 AM-2:30 PM
Sponsored and Hosted by:
Bridgewater State University

About Reach Higher Massachusetts

Reach Higher is an initiative created by First Lady Michelle Obama with the aim of inspiring every student in America to take charge of their future by continuing and completing their education after high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.
In Massachusetts, a group of educators, organization representatives and policy makers have come together to form Reach Higher Massachusetts to spearhead efforts to bring the Reach Higher initiative to schools and organizations across the Commonwealth who are in a postion to make commitments which help more students obtain post-secondary education.
The Reacher Higher MA initiative will help make sure all students understand what they need to complete their education, including:

  • Ensuring all students graduate from high school college and career ready
  • Exposing students to college and career opportunities
  • Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities
  • Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality
  • Supporting high school counselors who can help more students learn about and navigate the college search and application process

Reach Higher Massachusetts will be led by a Leadership Team consisting of eight individuals representing key organizations which are heavily invested in increasing career and college readiness. A Guiding Coalition representing additional organizations and associations will meet quarterly to discuss updates, activities and progress of the initiative.
Join Us
Organizations, school districts and individuals interested in joining Reach Higher should complete the Reach Higher Massachusetts Membership Application. Questions regarding Reach Higher Massachusetts can be sent to Interested individuals can also attend a Reach Higher Massachusetts Guiding Coalition meeting.